Well done: Johari presenting a scroll to a graduate as Kwong Lee looks on.
SIBU: Having abundant natural resources alone is not enough for Sarawak to achieve industrialised status by 2030 if it is not coupled with the availability of talents to harness them.
Housing and Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg the people must learn how to exploit these resources.
“If our people do not know how to harness these resources fully, then they would just be witnesses (to development),” he spoke at Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) second convocation ceremony for this year here yesterday.
However, the minister also said to make full use of these resources, the state must have people with the right knowledge to add value to them.
In this context, he believed that KLT graduates who had sound industrial training, were able to do this.
A total of 283 diploma students received their scrolls at the ceremony, coming from faculties of architecture, civil engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, quantity surveying as well as business management.
In addidition, Johari reminded the graduates that success in life was not measured by academic qualification; rather it should be benchmarked against five valeus namely good character, honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility and self control.
“These values serve as a moral compass to help us do the right thing despite the pressure of temptation. If you allow your character to be compromised, you will never be able to stay strong in your future. Characters can be developed in many ways — one is to learn from your mistakes and failures.”
Johari pointed out Apple Inc founder, the late Steve Jobs and the Microsoft magnate, Bill Gates, who each had suffered setbacks prior to achieving success.
On KLT, he said the number of enrolment had increased from 353 in 2010 to over 1,000 currently.
Earlier, KLT acting chief executive officer Eric Wong Kwong Lee said due to efforts by his predecessor Datuk Wong Kee Yew, the college was able to offer free education as consented by the state government. The courses offered at KLT are accredited by Malaysian Qualification Agency and Public Service Commission. The college also has collaborations with universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.