Tribute to skilled nation builders

Dr Syed Omar Sharifuddin (eighth from left) together with the representatives of joint organisers as well as platinum and gold exhibitors at the soft launch of the inaugural National Technical Profession Day 2019 at TM Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

FOUR celebrities will be sharing their experiences and expertise at the inaugural National Technical Profession Day (NTPD) 2019 celebrations next month.

They are astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, KRU Group of Companies president and chief executive officer Datuk Norman Abdul Halim, the first female underworld welder Nur Izzati Mohamad Yusof and a Malaysian who helped design Mecca’s iconic Abraj Al-Bait clock tower, Datuk Wan Nazri Wan Aria.

The personalities will be interacting with visitors to the two-day event which will take place at TM Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, on Dec 3 and 4.

Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Syed Omar Sharifuddin Syed Ikhsan who revealed this to the media, said the four celebrities would be sharing their stories during NTPD 2019.

He said Norman and Nur Izzati would be meeting visitors on Dec 3 and the other two personalities would do so on Dec 4.

Previously, he said the celebration was held at the Public Works Department-level only.

The Cabinet decided during its meeting in October last year to hold the NTPD on the first week of December each year.

Dr Syed Omar Sharifuddin noted that engineers, architects, surveyors and technologists were among those in the technical field who have played a role in nation-building.

“It (NTPD) is aimed at showing the importance of technical professions and appreciating their contributions to infrastructure advancement, development and the modernisation of Malaysia.

“It will cover all aspects of technical fields in both the public and private sector, ” he said at the soft launch of NTPD 2019 at TM Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Syed Omar Sharifuddin said they wanted students at universities and schools to understand the importance of technical aspects, especially for Industry 4.0.

“This will be the best opportunity for everyone, especially parents, to bring their children to see and learn about the technical fields available. They can also find out our country’s aspirations, ” he said.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be launching the event via a video recording.

Dr Syed Omar Sharifuddin said various programmes were planned for the NTPD, including presentations of 14 working papers covering academic and technical topics by invited speakers, a futsal competition, e-sports, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition and exhibitions.

Visitors can check out 41 exhibition booths which will be set up at the event.

“I hope that this NTPD celebration can be continued each year to appreciate the contributions of those from the technical profession towards the country’s development, ” he added.

For details on the NTPD celebrations, visit Admission is free.

The joint organisers are the Works Ministry, Public Works Department, TM One, the Malaysian Highway Authority and Pertubuhan Professional JKR Malaysia.

The platinum exhibitors are CIDB Malaysia, MMC-Gamuda, Acson, Petronas and Maxis.

Gold exhibitors are Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Power Solutions Sdn Bhd and Solaralert.

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