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Published on: Monday, September 05, 2022

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Tengku Muhammad (back row, centre) with 18 of the over 100 recipients awarded the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme this year.

THE State Government is prepared to discuss with Petronas to establish a Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) branch in Sabah to produce graduates trained in the oil and gas (O&G) sector.The proposed plan was put forward by State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun who expressed hope that Yayasan Sabah would take up the proposal for consideration to be submitted to the national oil company. 
“I’ve asked Yayasan Sabah if they can use their (UCSF) campus in Sembulan as a proposed site since all facilities are already ready there. What is needed is to introduce courses related to O&G and while nothing was formally discussed, I believe Petronas is open to discussions. But finally, it is up to Yayasan Sabah to fine-tune the proposal and see if it is in line with Petronas’ plans in Sabah,” he told reporters after launching the Sabah-Petronas Human Capital Development Agenda programme in Kota Kinabalu.

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At the event, Petronas Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh announced that more than 100 Sabahan top achievers for SPM 2021 have been offered the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP) this year.
Since 2003, 568 students from Sabah have benefited from sponsorships valued at RM53.2mil to pursue a range of subjects at UTP or other universities locally or overseas.  During the event, two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed, the first between Universiti Malaysia Sabah and UTP, to jointly strengthen their energy-based modules based on industry needs.
The second was between Petronas Global Technical Solutions Sdn Bhd and Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd to collaborate in technical capability building and programme certification areas to nurture skilled talent in the energy industry.
The Sabah-Petronas Human Capital Development Agenda (HCDA) will intensify joint initiatives and rally greater collaboration among stakeholders in building a sustainable talent pipeline for the state and the nation.
It would establish a structured and innovative framework of initiatives curated to support Sabahan talents through different stages of learning to reach their full potential in contributing towards the advancement of the state, particularly for Sabah’s energy sector.
“We are proud to work with the Sabah Government to co-create a human capital development ecosystem that continues to build a robust talent pipeline for the state’s growth in the energy landscape,” said Petronas Chairman Mohd Bakke. 
He hoped this would nurture an ecosystem that effectively inculcates interest, provides equal opportunities and advances the expertise of Sabahan talents.
“With programmes and facilities in place, I am certain that even more Sabahan talents will rise to the occasion to support Sabah’s energy aspirations,” he said. 
On his part, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor said the State Government places utmost priority in education to produce skilled, competitive and competent human capital on par with other states. This is in line with one of the Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) Development Plan thrusts of the development of human capital to propel the state’s progress and development. 
“These efforts by Petronas to give back to the state in a holistic and comprehensive manner is recognised by the government which will give their full support, through relevant agencies and companies towards the realisation of this agenda.

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“To ensure its effectiveness, the whole ecosystem needs enhanced cooperation and pool together expertise to ensure the various programmes are coordinated and carried out seamlessly, and we are constantly prepared to provide feedback for further improvement,” said Hajiji, in his speech read by Masidi. 
According to Hajiji, in line with the commitment of human resource development through education, in the Sabah 2022 Budget, the provision of scholarships is continued with RM55m in allocations. 
He noted the priority is for students who took up the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to fulfil the needs of the future job market. 
The Chief Minister said the State Government is also pleased with the achievements of young Sabahans, following the admission of 100 students who were offered scholarships through the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme for this year. 
“This opens opportunities to further their studies at Universiti Teknologi Petronas, as well as other prestigious universities in the country and overseas. 
“It has been among the main agenda for Petronas to lift the standard of education and human capital development to elevate the socioeconomic welfare of local communities, which would in turn enhance Sabah’s progress and development especially in producing skilled manpower in the oil and gas sector, as well as other fields of expertise in other industries of the future,” he said. 
Hajiji, who is also the State Finance Minister also expressed his gratitude at the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) which would bring a positive development to the landscape of the state’s oil and gas sector. 
Last year, he noted Sabah recorded a historical milestone following the establishment of a wholly state-owned oil and gas company, known as SMJ Sdn Bhd, the result of a Commercial Cooperation AGreement (CCA) established with Petronas. 
“This means Sabah will get greater involvement in the upstream petroleum industry, as well as downstream and midstream sectors. Moreover, with the signing of both MOUs, this is a positive step forward for the development of human resource development particularly in the oil and gas sector in the state,” he said
The agenda was presented on Aug 26 to Masidi by Mohd Bakke together with Petronas President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Tengku Muhammad Taufik.
The event was also attended by Petronas Senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology, Bacho Pilong and Head of Human Capital Investment, Group Human Resource Management, Syed Mohamad Muhafiz Syed Bakar.
Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and UTP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly strengthen their energy-related modules based on industry needs, and to raise the intake of Sabahan students in technical subjects.
The second MoU was signed between Petronas Global Technical Solutions Sdn Bhd and Sabah Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd to collaborate in the areas of technical capability building and programme certification towards nurturing technically competent and skilled talent in the energy industry.
Focusing on STEM learning, Mohd Bakke highlighted HCDA is aimed at nurturing knowledgeable and skilled talents to support delivery of the state’s social, economic, and sustainability goals.
Initiatives under the agenda will leverage on Petronas’ current human capital development ecosystem encompassing Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (INSTEP), Petrosains, Yayasan Petronas, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and others. 
Moreover, the move will be strengthened with a spectrum of new programmes focusing on Sabah demographics, including a recently concluded second edition of the BeDigital Bootcamp that aimed to improve participants’ digital entrepreneurship and leadership skills.  
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