Monthly Archives: December 2009

350 trainees to be offered jobs

BINTULU: Sarawak Planted Forest (SPF) Training Centre at Samarakan Nursery in collaboration with the Department of Skills Development in the Human Resource Ministry is planning to offer employment to some 350 trainees in 2010.

SPF general manager Dr Joseph Jawa Kendawang said SPF training centre at Samarakan nursery offers huge opportunities to the local people, especially the youths, to obtain essential skills in forest-related field.

He said the skills that they acquired would be useful in their future undertakings, particularly for Form 5 school leavers to get jobs if they decided not to further their studies.

Dr Joseph was speaking at the first anniversary celebration of the training centre and at the same time presented the first 30 trainees with their certificates of completion for their respective courses at SPF training centre in Ulu Tatau about an hour drive from here yesterday.

According to him, the courses are also available for graduates and professionals to enhance their skills and add value to their current knowledge and understanding particularly on forest field.

In 2010, Dr Joseph said the training centre has several courses to offer namely in harvesting, silviculture, workshops and youth development programme.

Out of 350 new trainees to be targeted, in harvesting there will be 20 trainees in forest surveyors, 20 inventory crews, 30 clearing contract staff and 60 to 120 contract tree fellers and machine operators.

Meanwhile in silviculture the training centre is targeting to train about 60 contract silviculture workers, said Dr Joseph.

In workshops and youth development programme there will be 80 automotive trade apprentices and 80 trainee forestry cadets respectively, he added.

He disclosed that since it opened on Dec 12, 2008, this year the training centre has successfully trained and up-skilled around 3,000 trainees in all courses available.

“We have trained 1,200 persons in silviculture skills, 30 in automotive trade apprenticeship, 150 persons in harvesting skills and 52 individuals in youth development.

“There are also around 2,500 trainees in various aspects of environment safety and health programme, 103 persons in emergency response and about 100 individuals on graduate industrial attachment,” said Dr Joseph.

He pointed out that among the main objective of the opening of SPF training centre at Samarakan nursery was to supply high quality wood or raw material for the mill and timber industries.

But the most important thing is the training centre also tried to uplift the social economic status of the local people staying within the planted forest zone particularly the young generation from the various longhouses with the needed skills for future working force and be competitive, he said, adding that closer cooperation by the locals are mostly required.

Also present at the function were Grand Perfect Sdn Bhd general manager Ling Chii Huo, SPF Training Centre Samarakan nursery training manager Riwhi Diamond and Dr Caroline Mohammed and Dr Anthony Francis from Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research.


Avoid panic buying of sugar

BINTULU: Consumers here are advised to avoid panic buying of sugar since there is sufficient stock in the market with more to arrive after Dec 17.

Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MDTCC) Bintulu branch acting chief Muhammad Daud Ali, making the call yesterday, said there is no scarcity of sugar here but “the ship that’s supposed to deliver the stock has not arrived yet due to the bad weather.”

He said the ship is expected to arrive here on Dec 17 and he hoped consumers would not panic as the situation will be back to normal by then.

Muhammad told reporters in a press conference at his office that as of 11.15am yesterday, Bintulu still had about 125.774 metric tonnes of sugar in stock with another 240 metric tonnes coming in stages.

“The thing now is those in the industry like coffee shop owners and other industry players which are the biggest consumers had purchased the sugar in large quantities, especially from supermarkets to continue their operation.

“This caused a slight shortage of sugar in the supermarket and consumers experienced difficulty getting their supply for daily use,” he said.

Thus to avoid a similar problem in the next few days before the ship arrived, Muhammad urged those in the industry to get assistance from MDTCC branch office here if they need sugar in large quantities.

“Come to our office and we will find the wholesalers that can cater to your daily operation so it would not disrupt household supply and public consumption,” he said.

Muhammad reminded shop owners to carry out good business practices and avoid hiding sugar as it would inconvenience consumers.

He advised the traders to put price tags on all items on their premises, and warned wholesalers not to hide or stock up sugar in places outside their warehouse as it is an offence.

“So we are hoping to get good cooperation from traders and wholesalers as well as consumers regarding this matter,” he added.

The rumour had spread yesterday after some consumers said they could not find sugar in many shops, while another consumer said only 2kg of sugar was allowed per customer.

Muhammad assured that mini markets would settle the shortage of sugar supply within two or three days.

For enquiries or complaints, contact MDTCC Bintulu branch office at 086-332176.

Aviation industry offers many job opportunities: CM

BINTULU: The aviation industry offers remarkable job opportunities, particularly for those who want to be pilots, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said yesterday.He said the job opportunities would increase due to the demand by the global community for quality aviation services.

The recovery of the global economy would trigger vast demand for the people all over the world to fly and this would create new routes which then increased the need to have more aircraft, Taib said.

“Airbus Global Market Forecast, for example, is expecting to deliver 25,000 aeroplanes within the 20 years to come and this new aircraft of course will need more pilots.

“One commercial jet needs 16 pilots thus around 400,000 pilots are needed to cater to all the available aircraft,” Taib said in his speech when officiating at the first graduation ceremony of Gulf Golden International Flying Academy (GGIFA) here.

His text of speech was delivered by Housing Minister Datuk Amar Johari Tun Openg.

According to Taib, with the clear recovery of global economy from the recent recession, more people are going to start making money and become rich.

“They will be able to purchase mini aircraft for their personal means of transportation, and this will also demand more pilots to fly their aircraft,” he said.

Taib quoted an International Air Transport Association (IATA) article published in The Wall Street Journal Asia in April last year as saying that some 19,000

new pilots needed to be trained every year until 2026 to cater to the needs of the growing aviation industry.

“Currently, the training institutions all over the world have just managed to produce about 16,000 pilots a year,” he said, adding that this was far lower than the actual demand for pilots.

He added that IATA had said in a statement that the number of aircraft worldwide was expected to reach 17,000 by 2020, and if the matter prolonged without firm solution to increase the number of pilots, the global aviation industry would suffer a shortage of about 42,000 pilots.

He said the scenarios showed that the aviation industry provided good opportunities to those who want to become pilots.

However, he advised the cadet pilots to equip themselves with sufficient knowledge so that they would be competitive to grab the opportunities and become quality pilots that all companies were eager to employ.

The cadet pilots should not just excel in academic solely, but also spiritually and have good personality and attitude to give confidence to employers that they were the ones that the companies should employ, the chief minister said.

He said for the parents, sending their children to an aviation college was a big investment, thus new cadet pilots should not take their training lightly.

Taib also said in the modern economic trend nowadays, businessmen could not depend solely on domestic market and if they wished to achieve greater height, they must go global.

“Initiatives have to be taken on how to explore the international market and to have more sustainable and vast market.

“Effort to be made by GGIFA to expand its operation to India and Saudi Arabia is brilliant and brave,” he said, believing that as the first aviation college in Sarawak, GGIFA had a good future and it was timely for Bintulu, in particular, to have its own aviation industry.