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Petronas-funded MRSM in Ranau to start intake soon
Published on: Tuesday, November 21, 2023
By: Ricardo Unto
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Petronas-funded MRSM in Ranau to start intake soon
Masidi, Tengku Muhammad Taufik and Asyraf witness the hand-over of Ranau MRSM from Petronas Senior Vice President (Project and Technology Implementation) Datuk Bacho Pilong to Mara Deputy Director-General (Education) Razlan Samsuri.
Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor hopes the relationship between Petronas and the Sabah Government will remain intact in terms of human capital development and education in the State.

The State Government, he said, always takes the initiative to ensure that the people obtain quality education.

“The Government also does not want any Sabahan to drop out of education,” he said at the hand-over ceremony of the Ranau Mara Junior Science College (MRSM), here, Monday.

State Finance Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun delivered his speech.

He said the Ranau MRSM, funded by Petronas will accept enrolment for the 2024 session, would help drive education in Sabah, especially in rural areas.

“Therefore, the State Government is proud as Petronas has successfully realised the Ranau MRSM project, which can accommodate about 450 students and provides various state-of-the-art learning facilities that Mara will manage.

“Through the Sabah-Petronas Human Capital Development Agenda, we can see Petronas’ high support and commitment to the State Government in helping to produce competitive and quality students.

“These would be the technocrats and science professionals skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem).”

He said Petronas’ contribution to education should be recognised and appreciated because it has always been committed to contributing towards the development of human capital in Sabah until now.

According to him, through the Sub-Committee on Human Capital Development and other State Affairs that has been formed, cooperation with Petronas will be intensified to increase professionalism, develop capabilities and provide opportunities to improve skills.

Hajiji said the initiative is very positive as it aligns with the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) development plan to produce quality, competitive and highly skilled human capital in the technical, science and technology fields to meet the industry’s future needs.

“I am confident that this MRSM will not only provide the best school building but also the best academic staff and will benefit not only Ranau but also other districts around it,” he said.

Meanwhile, Masidi proposed the institution be renamed Kinabalu Ranau MRSM to signify the grandeur of Gunung Kinabalu and as a show of respect to the Kadazan Dusun community residing within the area, aside from MRSM itself.

“Usually, schools are named after a person’s name. But I am keener if we can pay tribute to God’s most incredible natural creation in Sabah, Mount Kinabalu.

“And this can be a symbol of inspiration for the people to excel in education,” he said.

Also present were Petronas Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Kamadjaja Aziz and Mara Chairman Datuk Wira Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki.

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