I am pleased to join you here this morning to mark and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Institut Sinaran. On behalf of the Sabah State Government, allow me to extend heartiest congratulations to you for going through three decades of education excellence and for achieving this milestone in your development.


From a humble beginning in 1987 as the Sabah Tshung Tsin Pre-U Centre, you have evolved and developed into a premier educational institution. I recall officiating at the opening ceremony of your present campus in 2010, and even then, it was clear that Institut Sinaran would continue to do well. Those seeking quality education for their children have continued to place their trust in you.


I understand that your student numbers have grown, together with your academic strength. Many who graduated from Institut Sinaran have continued to excel academically and have gone on to serve through their chosen fields and careers. My own nephew, a graduate of Institut Sinaran, has just obtained a first class Honours in BA majoring in International Politics and Intelligence Studies in the United Kingdom. There are many who have had the opportunity to demonstrate their talent by learning at Institut Sinaran.


One of the main thrusts in the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) programme is to ensure that the younger generation is well-equipped for jobs of the future. It has been predicted that almost 65 per cent of existing jobs and professions are likely to become redundant within 30 years or so once technology plays a more dominant role. TN50 is an initiative to plan for the future of Malaysia as the country strives to be amongst the top countries in the world in economic development, citizen well-being and innovation. Much emphasis will be paid in grooming the young to leverage on and lead the digital economy.


The theme chosen for your celebration “Nurturing Entrepreneurship through Holistic Education” is most timely as socio-economic progress is one of the pillars of a strong nation. There is a need to place emphasis on developing creative and innovative minds and entrepreneurial skills, apart from effective communication and skills in financial and people management. Malaysia’s rapid development requires a workforce that is able to learn, adapt and apply knowledge effectively to match our policies for the future.


In Sabah, much progress has been made in development, especially in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing, the three sectors that are driving Sabah’s development agenda, or Halatuju. To drive these and other emerging sectors, emphasis is placed on human capital development. Sabah is focused on capacity building programmes, some of which are done with support from the Federal Government and others with the relevant agencies and industry players. With skills centres and higher education opportunities available locally, including at the Sandakan education hub, school leavers are able to contribute more effectively to our growth once they obtain the knowledge they need at these education centres.


Education also plays a fundamental role in achieving an economy driven by science, technology and innovation. Primary and secondary education is accessible to all Malaysians and the syllabus is updated as necessary to reflect future needs, and to ensure Malaysians are able to contribute not only to the job market but also to entrepreneurial efforts. Education centres such as Institut Sinaran complements the role played by schools by further preparing students to take the next step, which is usually towards tertiary education.


I understand that Institut Sinaran is also reaching out to other education institutions overseas and is connecting with international students. This is important in creating new opportunities and collaborations. I also wish to add that the launch today of an education fund for needy students is most timely in providing opportunities to those who are doing well academically but do not have the financial means to pursue their studies.


I must also emphasise that apart from academic excellence, holistic education is important. Students of today must keep themselves mentally, physically and spiritually healthy through leadership training and awareness programmes such as those related to the environment. Only through holistic education can students be taught not only how to make a living but how to live meaningful lives. We must also encourage our younger generation to become citizens who are able to reach out to those who need a helping hand and to complement the government’s efforts in creating a caring society.  


As testimony to the government's commitment towards the development of education in the state, I am pleased to announce that the Sabah State government is contributing RMxxxxxx to Institute Sinaran to fund its educational programs and activities. On this note, let me once again congratulate you on your successful journey of 30 years and may you continue to make a difference and nurture many young leaders in the years to come. Happy 30th Anniversary to Institut Sinaran. Thank you.