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GiatMara S'kan to have own RM3m building

Published on: Sunday, April 06, 2014

Sandakan: GiatMara Sandakan, now based within the compound of the district police headquarters, will have its own building soon after the government approved an allocation of RM3 million for the purpose.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the move is hoped to enable the institute to offer a wider range of skills to trainees.

He said this during the 1Malaysia Training Certificate Presentation Ceremony and signing ceremony of MoU between GiatMara and Lembah Impian Spa and Beauty, here, Saturday.

A total of 165 trainees received their L1M certificates during the ceremony.

"This MoU is hoped to be able to give the opportunities to trainees from GiatMara to continue their training and develop their skills further," he said.

Shafie added that since the institute was established, it had continued to produce skilled workers to fulfil the need of marketable human resources in the country.

"We are also committed in enhancing the capabilities of our youths in various disciplines through the creation of suitable and potential skill programmes to fulfil industrial needs in the State such as tourism, beauty and spa and dressmaking.

"Here in Sandakan, there is a potential for seafood processing skill and manufacturing. In Semporna, we trained our youths in machine handling skills because it is sorely needed there," he said.

Shafie also encouraged former trainees to take advantage of the ministry's loan facilities which offers up to RM10,000 loan without surety.

Meanwhile, Shafie also officiated the opening of the State's third Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) in Sandakan which had started its operation since January last year.

The building, which was completed in 2012, was built on 63 acres within Sandakan Education Hub at an estimated cost of RM100 million and equipped with up-to-date educational facilities and conducive learning environment.

"MRSM continues to be the school of choice for parents and students.

Currently, Mara has received 40,000 applications from interested students.

MRSM however can only cater about 7,000 students.

"The completion of MRSM Sandakan is expected to be able to provide better educational facilities to students from Sandakan and nearby districts," he said.