KUCHING: Sarawak Information System Sdn Bhd (SAINS) has been urged to engage more in the development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) by enhancing the capability of the government to produce more technical workers.
Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, who made the call, said SCORE, which had to date attracted investments worth RM30 billion, would need more technical workers in the next 20 years.
He said SCORE would need hundreds of thousands of technical workers to fill the 52 per cent of the 1.5 million jobs it created by 2030.
"SAINS should therefore apply the concept of the Rural ICT Guided Home-based Technopreneur (RiGHT) programme urgently to attract the rural youth to engage in technical education," said Taib at the SAINS 20th Anniversary celebration dinner at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here on Monday.
The Chief Minister said to introduce the programme, a lot of campaigns would be needed to excite the interest of youth first before engaging them in real technical education through normal institutions of learning or vocational schools or other skills development centres.
"Motivation is very much needed at this stage of our development to ensure that our people would think of technical works. We have to expose them to the new potential of SCORE", he said.
He pointed out that if SAINS could design a programme that could design a programme that could reach rural areas, then it could also be part of the government's productive way to bridge the digital divide.
"This is the most concrete thing that we can offer to the rural people and we can even make our young people to be much more progressively oriented from their old vision of what they can do in their own personal setting," he explained.
"I think their interests need to be aroused and I would like to see whether SAINS can come up and present to me some ideas on how to excite the youth of Sarawak and get them engaged in the training programmes for technical works which will be greatly needed by SCORE. If SAINS can do this one, I will finance it.
"RiGHT programme is a good enough but not good enough for SCORE. We have to think of some other way of getting RiGHT programme to serve in the new setting and create new opportunities," said Taib.
He attributed the success of SAINS to a dedicated team led by the Chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam and Chief Executive Officer Dato Teo Tien Hiong.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chan was happy that although SAINS was a small company set up not too long ago, it was able to take on much bigger players in the ICT industry, and has won various awards.
He said SAINS had won recognition and awards every year over the past 10 years.
Some of SAINS major achievements include Best EG-MSC Flagship Application, Prime Minister's ICT Quality Award, Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards and United Nations World Summit Award.
SAINS consistently assists the state government to achieve the highest level 5-Star ranking among the government portals in Malaysia, and one federal department to achieve top ranking among government websites this year.
In his speech, Dr. Chan said the dynamic leadership the Chief Executive Officer of SAINS had been noticed by the national business community and as the result he was recently accorded Malaysia Business Award 2011 and the Asia Pacific Excellence Award. According to Dr. Chan, no other states had done what Sarawak did in ICT utilisation in the state civil service.
He hoped SAINS foreign partners would continue to work together with SAINS in research and development (R&D) in Sarawak.
Meanwhile, Dato Teo said SAINS had started to reap rewards, moving from when the State was a pure ICT consumer to today when it had progressed to become an ICT producer.
He said in the last five years, SAINS made significant progressed from ICT consumer to ICT producer and had been able to produce quality products and services.
"Today, SAINS has business partners in New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Oman and Canada", he disclosed.
At the function, the winner of the Best Application Feedback Award and the winners of the various categories of Chief Minister ICT Media Award received their prizes.
Also present were Chief Minister's wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang and Wife Dato Sri Empiang Jabu, Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dato Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing, State Secretary Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Deputy Education Director, Jaidah Alek.