Sarawak Energy Rewards Curtin Top Students

KUCHING, 5 MAY 2018, SATURDAY: Sarawak Energy awarded eight top-scoring graduates from Curtin Sarawak with incentives and certificates at the university’s Awards Night recently.

Sharbini Suhaili, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer presented the awards to the graduates, all of whom are Sarawakian, as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to develop Sarawak talent and build up a competent workforce in the state.

Sharbini said, “These awards are a reflection of Sarawak Energy’s commitment towards expanding Sarawak’s pool of competent young talents as potential recruits to fulfil future manpower needs.”

The state-owned power developer and power utility has identified education and young people as vital in developing long-term, sustainable partnerships to meet real community needs, and it was this commitment that had led to a partnership with Curtin Sarawak through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2015, which aimed to intensify cooperation in the areas of academia, industrial training, research and development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“Education is the backbone of development, and universities like Curtin are at the forefront of research and development, providing critical findings and creative ideas to spur growth and help build tomorrow’s leaders,” Sharbini continued.

The company presented a total of 10 awards to the 8 deserving graduates.

The recipients of the Sarawak Energy Awards were Jared Hon Jiang for Best Bachelor of Commerce Double Major Accounting and Finance; Lee Hui Man for Best Bachelor of Commerce Double Major Finance and Management; Kong Sheng How for Best Bachelor of Engineering Electrical Power; Nur Syazwani Mohd Raidzuan for Best Masters of Science Project Management, and Sarawak Energy Scholar Chiam Dar Hung for Best Bachelor of Engineering Electronic and Communication, who each received RM2,000.00 and a certificate. These five awards were given to graduates who excelled in multi-disciplinary areas, vital to showcase their competitiveness and versatility.

Five Sarawak Energy Awards for Best Project, designed to recognise excellence in areas such as project management, research & development, as well as teamwork, went to Kong, Chiam, Gloria Choo Phek Yuet, Lim Wee San and Kong Ying Ying, who received RM1,000.00 and a certificate each.

Sharbini and Sarawak Energy's Senior Vice President for Human Resources Dr Mak Met also engaged with the recipients after the event where they discussed, among others, the State Government's vision to be a developed state by 2030 and the various initiatives undertaken by Sarawak Energy in support of the vision, including the development of the local talent pool.

"A social investment in education is a good investment in Sarawak’s future. This year we are increasing our allocation for scholarships to RM8 million from our annual allocation of RM5 million in previous years. We hope this can help bright young Sarawakian students throughout the state to attain higher education,” Sharbini concluded. In 2017, Sarawak Energy awarded 99 scholarships under its scholarship programme, bringing the total number of scholarship recipients to 314 since the inception of the programme in 2014.

Besides the scholarship programme, Sarawak Energy also has internship placements and Campus Ambassador activities among its initiatives to spot, attract and recruit the best young talent.

Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer, Sharbini Suhaili (5th left) and Curtin Malaysia Pro Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Jim Mienczakowski at the Curtin Malaysia Awards Ceremony with the recipients of the Sarawak Energy Awards.

Sharbini and Dr Mak together with the recipients of the Sarawak Energy Awards.