KUALA PILAH: The education sector, especially religious studies, should not be neglected by the people, said Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
He said more training centres should be built to provide more skilled workers to fill existing vacancies.
“Human resources is a drawing factor for investors as they would not need to look for manpower outside of the state.
“I am proud to note that the state has produced a significant number of students mastering in religious studies and at the same time excelling in other fields such as science and mathematics.
He said he was confident the state would produce more students with both intellect and noble values.
He was speaking at the closing of the investiture ceremony held in conjunction with his 81st birthday at Istana Sri Menanti here yesterday.
Tuanku Ja’afar said more efforts should be made to attract investors to the state.
“The agriculture sector needs to be enhanced as the state has ample land for cultivation,” he said, adding that the state should not depend entirely on the industrial sector as diversifying of resources would ensure economic stability.
He said tourism activities should be increased to attract more visitors as Negri Sembilan was the only state following the Adat Perpatih matriarchal family system.
Tuanku Ja’afar said he was proud that nearly all the people had access to basic amenities and was confident the poverty rate would drop to zero one day.
In his pledge of allegiance, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said the manufacturing sector contributed 37% to the gross domestic product and expected it to continue being the engine of growth.
He said many development projects had been carried out, involving housing (Seremban Two, Seremban Selatan and Enstek), agriculture (Lembah Sepri and Bukit Tembok), education (Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara branch) and training centres (Institut Kemahiran Mara and Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara).