Saturday, December 3

SPA to be with voluntary organisations in community outreach


Halim pointing at the laptop screen as a participant browses the SPA official website. Also seen are Mohamed (behind Halim) and Rose (fourth left). — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: The Public Services Commission (SPA) Sarawak Branch looks forward to collaborating with neighbourhood watch committees (KRT) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) statewide to carry out more outreach programmes for the community particularly the youths.

Its division secretary Abdul Halim Abang Naili said the agency was ready to go to any part of the state if requested.

“All this while, we have various programmes to educate the locals especially the young. To intensify our outreach efforts, we have collaborated with KRT and even a political party branch in organising our seminar.

“If any NGOs or other local-based committees are interested in organising seminar for the youths, come to us to make it happen. We are even prepared to go to villages as we are always on the ground,” he said when closing an SPA outreach seminar titled ‘Tips and guidance to enter public services’ at the multi-purpose hall of Customs Malaysia Sarawak branch at Jalan Matang here, yesterday.

Only 10 young people took part in the half-day seminar jointly organised by the SPA Sarawak branch, Taman Lee Ling KRT and education bureau of PBB Tupong branch.

Halim admitted the response yesterday was not encouraging, but the agency would keep up its effort in reaching out to the local people.

He disclosed a similar had been scheduled for July 12 at the Kota Samarahan Civic Centre, adding: “We will make sure to gather more participants for our forthcoming seminar.”

He said seminar on tips for booking a place in the employment market mattered more than one could have given it credit for.

“We aim to guide our children especially job seekers on how to ‘sell’ themselves to the job interviewer,” he said, pointing out seminar on employment guidance was a course akin to the lessons required before getting a driving licence.

Halim said participants were equipped with skills on how to behave during a job interview.

“Whether you are seeking a job in the public or private sector, you need to be prepared for questions during an interview. For this seminar, we also guide them on how to apply for a job through the portal.

“While more than 300 positions are available, they have to prepare for not just interviews but also examinations.”

Among those present were state National Integrity and Unity Department officer Rose Jonathan Garau and chairman of Taman Lee Ling KRT, Mohamed Sa’et Amran.