Sarawak aims to have 10,000 certified technologists by 2025

Zaidi (centre) exchanging documents with APTT chairman Ts Ir Ahmad Zawawi (second from left), witnessed by SMA head of corporate services division Mohamad Irtidzar Razali (second from right) and APTT secretary Ts Mohammad Ikhsan Mohd Bahrin (left) at SMA Cultural Heritage Innovation Centre (CHIC) here today (June 15, 2022).

KUCHING, June 15: Sarawak’s goal is to have 10,000 certified technologists (Ts) by 2025, disclosed Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Ts Dr Zaidi Razak.

According to Zaidi, Sarawak needs to maximise its Ts certified workforce in order to attract more inventors to Sarawak to help its economy to flourish in order to achieve a developed status by 2030.

“We want to be the first to achieve the highest number of technologists, which is about 10,000 Ts in the next three years.

“This will support the government’s effort to promote investment in Sarawak.

“When investors come to Sarawak, they will need certified talents and that’s what we are doing,” he said after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SMA and the Association of Professional Technicians and Technologists (APTT) Kuching here today.

During the event, SMA also virtually signed two additional MoUs with Startup Malaysia and Petrosains.

Furthermore, Zaidi also highlighted the importance of graduates and skilled workers joining professional bodies such as the Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT) to provide competent manpower to assist Sarawak in its digital economy (DE) agenda.

He went on to say that graduates and skilled workers need to join MBOT as members so that they could become certified technicians and technologists and be able to use the ‘Ts’ initial.

“It is significant for us to have as many technologists and technicians registered and endorsed by MBOT (in order) for us to achieve a developed State by 2030,” he stressed.

Zaidi added that APTT has been assisting its members in obtaining the Ts qualification from MBOT, which includes graduates from electrical and electronic engineering, medical and health, biomedical, and building and construction.

Meanwhile, Deputy State secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit, who witnessed the three MoUs, commented that the MoUs would help Sarawak to jumpstart its digital economy agenda.

“Through the three MoUs, they will help us to prepare our talent and bring it to the next level by not just getting our graduates to get their degrees but also in order that their degrees be recognised by the Act of Parliament 768 as certified talent,” she said.

She also stressed that the MoUs would jumpstart and support Sarawak’s digital economy agenda.

“We are not taking any baby steps (anymore) but instead taking all necessary steps to further strengthen our digital economy agenda for Sarawak to achieve developed status by 2030,” she remarked.

Sabariah further mentioned that the State wanted its people to embrace the digital economy as it was crucial in order for Sarawak to progress further.

“We want to make sure that all our communities are being developed and upskilled,” she added. — DayakDaily