IBS College offers new programme for army veterans


MIRI: IBS College is opening its doors to army veterans who are planning to pursue a career in security and safety management.

At a press conference yesterday, the college invited PVTMS (Persatuan Veteran Tentera Malaysia Negeri Sarawak) president Thomas Ling and Perhebat (Perbadanan Hal Ehwal Bekas Angkatan Tentera) Sarawak manager Izham bin Harun to its official preview of the Diploma in Security & Safety Management programme.

IBS College principal and chief executive officer Dr Antony Hii noted in his welcoming address that the programme offered by the college would open up second career opportunities for army veterans after serving the nation for 21 years.

“Apart from SPM graduates, we are now offering this programme to military personnel, either Army, Navy or the Air Force for them to continue their higher education which will allow them to learn additional skills,” he said.

He added that this programme is suitable for anyone who would like to specialise in a number of safety and security areas such as providing safety and security design, understand security laws, security related systems and installation and maintenance and also to provide training and coaching to security personnel.

Hii said the programme would be very helpful for highly trained military personnel to become much more qualified security managers or
senior executives in an organisation.

Meanwhile, Ling his speech thanked IBS College for extending this programme to army veterans and army personnel who are about to retire to use as a stepping stone towards professional, highly paid professions.

He lamented that many army personnel after their retirement would take jobs as security guards.

Having low wages, they often work more than eight hours a day, made worse by their qualifications in the army which are not recognised by both the private sector and the government.

Hence, the PVTMS has submitted a proposal paper to Perhebat to encourage army retirees to pursue the Diploma in Security &
Safety Management, so that they would gain recognised qualifications and better career opportunities with more rewarding wages.