Wednesday, August 6, 2008


State Govt gives priority to human resource devt: CM


The Sabah Government always stressed on the importance of human resource development in spurring the State’s economy, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said. Thus serious attention is given to the aspect of development and excellence of human resource, especially in the agriculture, tourism and manufacturing sectors which are the core of the State’s economy, he said. Musa added that the existence of numerous public and private higher learning institutes, polyfechnics and industrial training institutes in the State reflects the Government’s high commitment towards producing quality human capital. Speaking at the launching of the Open University Malaysia (OUM) learning centre yesterday, Musa said higher learning institutes must play a more proactive and effective role to ensure that the Government’s objective of producing excellent human capital is met. “The transformation of the agriculture, industrial and service sectors into modern sectors surely has to be supported by a supply of human capital who are educated and skilled. “Furthermore, with the implementation of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), there will be a demand for more skilled and quality workers,” he said. According to Musa, OUM’s initiative of offering lifelong learning programmes presents opportunities to the people to continue obtaining knowledge and skills which is in line with the Government’s objective of having successful higher education in the State. OUM’s contribution to the country’s higher learning sector is huge and in line with its motto, “University for all”, he said adding that OUM’s commitment in giving good service to its students has made more people choose to study there. The RM100 million spent on new premises throughout the country will ensure a conducive learning environment for its students, he said and commended OUM for offering long distance learning programmes for students in Tawau, Sandakan and Keningau. “OUM has about 76,000 students throughout the country with 6,700 studying in the Sabah campus,” he said. With the new facility, OUM has a student capacity of 9,000 every semester, he said and added that the Government will consider OUM’s application for a piece of land in front of the campus to be converted into a mini park.

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