Zaidi presenting a souvenir to Ahmad Zawawi (third left) in the presence of other APPT members. On the right is Sarawak government's deputy chief scientist and deputy chief advisor Prof Ir Ts Dr Al-Khalid Othman.

KUCHING, 28 April 2022 - It is crucial for graduates and skilled workers to join professional bodies such as the Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT) to provide competent manpower to assist Sarawak in its digital economy (DE) agenda and enable Sarawak to achieve developed status by 2030.

In highligthing this, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager TS Dr Zaidi Razak urged graduates and skilled workers to join MBOT as members so that they could become certified techinicians and technologists and be able to use the 'TS' initial.

"It is significant for us to have a number of technologists and technicians registered and endorsed by MBOT (in order) for us to achieve (Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy or PCDS) 2030, and in our context, we want to achieve a developed State by 2030," he said in a media release today. 

He raised this during a courtesy call by Sarawak-based Association of Professional Technicians and Technologist (APTT) delegates led by its chairman Ts Ir Ahmad Zawawi Kasmin at SMA office here today.

Zaidi expressed appreciation that APPT is coming up with some kind of awareness programmes soon and it is even willing to coach those who are interested to obtain the TS qualification from MBOT.

"So, we hope the intention of APPT to assist SMA could be achieved soon. In our meeting today, we agreed in principle to sign a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between SMA and APPT soon," he said.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Zawawi said currently APPT has 215 members from various fields such as electrical and electronic engineering, medical and health, biomedical, and building and construction. 

He said all current APPT members are also members of MBOT. 

"But we are not limiting our members because we are also accepting those non-members of MBOT as well. So, we can bring them in as members by coaching them in order for them to become professional technologists," he explained.

Source: Dayak Daily