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RM6m shot-in-arm for Yayasan Sabah College of Technology
Published on: Friday, October 21, 2022
By: Jonathan Nicholas
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RM6m shot-in-arm for Yayasan Sabah College of Technology
Hajiji and Ghulam with YSCT officials, lecturers and graduates in a group photo yesterday.
Kota Kinabalu: The rebranded Yayasan Sabah College of Technology (YSCT) received a major boost, Thursday, when Chief Minister Datuk Seri Haji Hajiji Haji Noor announced a RM6 million annual grant, in addition to existing funding for the college’s operations.The State Government would also be providing a yearly special scholarship quota from the Sabah Education Fund (TPNS) to 100 YSCT students, besides RM500,000 to upgrade YSCT’s information and communications (ICT) learning facilities.

Hajiji, who is Yayasan Sabah Board of Trustees Chairman, said a one-off RM500 assistance would be given as incentive to all officers and personnel of YSCT to be paid in December this year. It was formerly known as Kolej Technical Yayasan Sabah (KTYS).

Hajiji announced this at YSCT’s 25th convocation at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC), Thursday.

Hajiji hoped with the assistance, YSCT would produce graduates with the necessary training and skills to meet workforce demands in the state.

“The State Government will continue to emphasise on development of human capital, especially among youths. “The Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) which now receives high-impact foreign investments provides job opportunities for graduates with technical skills, including from YSCT, to work in the manufacturing and industrial sectors,” he said. Hajiji said since youths are very close to his heart, the State Government under his leadership has approved various assistance and allocations for their benefit. Among them was setting up TPNS, Higher Learning Institution Registration Cash Assistance (Budi) and Examination Cash Special Assistance (Bakti). He said the Government was also committed to helping youths through the related ministries in the development of Sabah youth entrepreneurs (Syabas) as well as the Graduate Entrepreneurs Scheme (SUS) and Technical Entrepreneurs Scheme (SUK) for graduates of higher learning institutions under the management of Sedco.

Hajiji said several ministries and agencies among them, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Department of Human Resource Development had also been entrusted to conduct courses related to technology and skills for youth as the development of human capital and people’s wellbeing is the second thrusts of the Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ). “I urge all graduates not to miss the opportunities provided by the government. I also call upon all staff of YSCT to continue working hard in the development of Sabah’s human capital,” he said. Also present were Special Tasks and Coordination Minister Datuk Haji Arifin Arif, State Secretary, Datuk Seri Sr Haji Safar Untong, Yayasan Sabah Director and Innoprise Corporation Sdn Bhd Executive Chairman, Datuk Haji Gulamhaidar Khan Bahadar and YSCT Chief Executive Haji Samin Ongki. 

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