Uggah: Expertise, crucial knowledge required for Sarawak’s workforce to prevent workplace accidents

Uggah speaking at the event today (Nov 1, 2022).

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By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Nov 1: Sarawak’s aspiration to become a developed State depends on human resources, so it is crucial that its workforce not only possesses expertise in specific fields, but also the knowledge required to prevent workplace accidents.

Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas made the remarks today while representing Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg at the 7th Borneo Occupational Safety And Health (BOSH) Conference And Exhibition 2022 Opening Ceremony, which was held at a local hotel.

“In our pursuit of economic development or business expansion, we must always prioritise social aspects such as the right to safety and health on the job.

“The BOSH 2022 theme, “Equality, Sustainability, and Prosperity”, should serve as our motto.

“The motto is in accordance with the concept advocated by the State government under the leadership of the YAB Premier of Sarawak, any plan to become a developed State must take into account the aspect of equality in order to provide resilience against the challenges of time and ensure the prosperity of every Sarawakian,” Uggah asserted.

He also emphasised that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) organisation of BOSH 2022 is one of the activities that can contribute to the reduction of accidents resulting in injury or death.

Meanwhile, NIOSH chairman Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong explained that BOSH 2022 is a conference on aspects of safety and health at the Borneo level, which is being held for the seventh time this year.

“The conference aims to bring together safety and health practitioners, employers, and employees, as well as experts from various disciplines, in order to enhance workplace safety, health, and well-being.

“The theme of BOSH 2022, ‘Equality, Sustainability, and Prosperity’ was chosen because this is the goal that must be achieved in occupational safety and health, and dangers and risks must be dealt with together in any type of work, regardless of skin colour, race, religion, position, or rank,” Ugak highlighted.

Among others present were Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) Malaysia deputy secretary general (Policy & International) Tuan Maniam Arumugam and NIOSH executive director Tuan Ayop Salleh. — DayakDaily