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“Follow Sarawak's UCTS Initiative – Dr. Jeffrey”

Kota Kinabalu: “The Sabah Government need to

sit up and take pro-active action to set up its own

Sabah State University following Sarawak

Government’s initiative in setting up the

University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS)”

said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief,

commenting on Sarawak’s additional RM64 million

infrastructure allocation to set up an IT library,

indoor stadium and science and technology park

in UCTS campus in Sibu.

The Sarawak government needs to be

commended for taking the bull by its horns and

stepping up by establishing its own tertiary

institution and not waiting for the federal

government to return the education portfolio to

State control.

The UCTS comes after Sarawak’s own technical

institutes to better prepare young Sarawakians

with better vocational and technical skills. It’s the

implementation of the philosophy of teaching one

how to fish rather than giving a fish.

There is no higher price and no greater sacrifice

that ensuring that young Malaysians receive the

best education possible.

Education equips them

with a lifelong knowledge.

But, what is more important is that the Sarawak

government is taking charge of educational

institutions free from interference by the federal

government and Malay and Malayan-centric


At the same time, the Sarawak government can

ensure that Sarawakians especially their natives

are not deprived of educational scholarships and

opportunities that are denied them by the federal

“1-melayu” policies that should have no place in

the Borneo States where local natives should be

given priority.

Despite wanton lies by Ministers and the federal

government that the Malaysian education system

is one of the best in the world, the failures of the

system are evident everywhere.


students are faring worse than many third world

countries judging from recent PISA results where

Malaysia was ranked No. 52 out of the 65

countries polled.

As highlighted by the recently released World

Bank Report on education in Malaysia, the over-

emphasis and centralized control of education

had resulted in a decline in education standards

caused by bottlenecks and bureaucracy.

To arrest the falling standards and the decadence

of education in Sabah and Sarawak, the Sabah

and Sarawak governments need to take back

education under their wings before it is too late.

There is also a need to localize due to differences

and unsuitability of curriculum due to local

circumstances. For instance, bajau, kadazandusun

and many local mother tongues are spoken in

Sabah but not in the Peninsula.

Judging from the Sarawak government’s initiatives,

the Sabah government and their leaders have

much to learn from their counterparts in Sarawak.

Perhaps, the Sabah government leaders should

attend refresher courses in Sarawak to better

administer Sabah.

The education of the young Sabahans are too

important and the Sabah government should not

allow education should not be used as a political

tool by the federal government nor manipulated

or used to deprive deserving Sabahans from

proper educational opportunities.

The Sabah government need to adopt a holistic

approach to safeguard the young in Sabah do not

fall victims to a declining education system in

Malaysia. For a start, the Sabah government can

takeover some of the existing polytechnics and

universities as well as to upgrade the Timbang

Menggaris Agriculture Institute to be the Sabah

Agro-forestry University and produce skilled agro-

entrepreneurs and skilled graduates.

Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan


STAR Sabah

03 June 2014

Sumber: Feed Bahasa Malaysia


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