Brunei needs knowledgeable, skilled workforce

Brunei needs knowledgeable, skilled workforce

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
THE nation needs a workforce with the right knowledge and human skills in line with market needs and industries so it can compete at the global level.

This was said by the Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Md Yusof during the opening ceremony of civic course for undergraduates studying overseas, yesterday.

In his remarks at the event which took place at Information Department, the minister pointed out that in today’s knowledge-based economies, a nation is dependent on its human resource’s qualities, innovativeness and productivity to create a sustainable economy.

This economy, he said, does not only require a paradigm change in individual mindset and attitude but also changes in terms of leadership, management, planning and implementation, among others, so that Brunei Darussalam will be respected and labelled as the best among the world.

“We need to think globally but act locally while at the same time remain rooted in our Bruneian values which stem from the Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB) philosophy, as a community plagued by negative social problems will only hinder the nation’s capacity building,” said the minister.

Being respectful, helpful and caring are among the values which Bruneians cherished, the minister mentioned should be practised even though one resides overseas, as it is essential to hold on to one’s integrity even though faced with global challenges.

He also urged the undergraduates to realise the aspiration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam of making Brunei as a Zikir nation.

Around 100 undergraduates who were awarded government scholarships under the education and religious affairs ministries and Brunei Shell Petroleum scholarships attended the first day of civic course.

The students were called on by Pehin Dato Hj Adanan to aim for higher academic achievements like Masters and PhDs and to move toward the nation’s Vision 2035 of having a highly educated and skilled workforce.

Held since 1976 and themed Mahasiswa Model Tunas Bangsa (Undergraduates are the models of the nation’s youth) this year, the course was held to emphasise the role of the undergraduates as future leaders of the country, and to educate them to be on constant vigilance against information that go against the national philosophy of MIB.

Among those present yesterday were the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Orang Kaya Dewa Pahlawan Dato Paduka Hj Dani Hj Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretary Pg Abd Haris Pg Hj Shahbudin, and parents of the students. (DKR1)

Source : The Brunei Times