Monday, September 21

Be ready, schools and learning institutions told


CEREMONIAL: State Museum director Ipoi Datan (third right) with Brooke Heritage Fund’s Jason Brooke (centre), Margate House Films chief executive officer Rob Allyn (second left) and others at the ‘Ngiling Tikai’ (closing of Gawai Dayak celebration) hosted by Sarawak Museum at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak in Kuching Friday night. — Photo by Rengenyan Labang

KUCHING: Schools and learning institutions should brace themselves to produce quality human capital with a global edge.

In pointing this out, Minister of Housing Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said excellent schools such as Kolej Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah is on the right track as the school has produced many renowned personalities from various professional fields.

“With the aim to become a modern state by 2030, we have to set a target to produce capable individuals who are on par with professionals in the global community,” Abang Johar,i who is also the Tourism Minister, said.

He was speaking at the school’s 35th anniversary celebration at the school hall yesterday.

The school has produced various successful personalities in its 35 years which included businessmen, politicians and high ranking officers in the public service.

“With such a good track record in the last 35 years, I believe that in the next 35 years, the school will become a premier institution on par with the likes of Harvard,” Abang Johari added.

He also announced a grant of RM30,000 for the construction of the school gallery.

Earlier on,the school’s Alumni president Datu Misnu Taha in his speech urged members of the alumni to support the school to ensure that it will continue to produce excellent results and successful students.

“As a former student and the current president of the school alumni, I will work hard to ensure that all the future projects of the school will materialise and we will also track down former students who had succeeded to join the alumni,” said Misnu.

He cited Sadong Jaya assemblyman Aidel Lariwoo, Education Service Commission secretary Sulaiman Wak and Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s private secretary Datuk Mustapha Khan as successful ex-students of the school.

Meanwhile, school principal Mastura Anuar in her speech said the proposed school gallery would be used to exhibit the memorabilia of the school’s achievements as well as to showcase the success of former students in their respective fields.

The school in the recent years has been awarded with various awards such as the Sekolah Harapan Negeri (Peringkat Bandar 2001), Sekolah Kluster Kecemerlangan Malaysia 2008, and the Chief Minister’s Special Award for Excellent School 2011.