Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More educational opportunities now: Talib

BINTULU: Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip said today’s generation are fortunate in terms of educational opportunities unlike during his time.

Various kind of scholarships for bright students are now offered with many big local companies eager to sponsor outstanding students to pursue higher studies, Talib said when officiating at the Petronas Malaysia Liquefied Gas (MLNG) Minor Scholarship Award presentation ceremony at ParkCity Everly Hotel.

“During my time, we were only given scholarships of RM10 per month but now students are given RM1,200 (per year by MLNG),” Talib said.

It is also easier nowadays to get scholarship as long as students are outstanding in academic performance whereas previously thousands of students faced stiff competition in trying to get scholarships which were fewer in number.

And there was little job opportunity during his time, especially in Bintulu, compared to the abundant job opportunities available now.

The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is one of the biggest gold mines to provide jobs for future generations, Talib said, citing the example of an aluminium smelter plant to operate in Samalaju that will need thousands of engineers.

He advised students to choose marketable courses such as for engineers and technical workers, which would be in demand once the plant is fully operational.

“Science and engineering are among popular courses for tomorrow’s job market,” he said, adding that quality human force is critical for the country’s stability and prosperity.

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