- DATU Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah (centre) and co-organising chairman Datu Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki (4th right) present a souvenir to Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang (4th left), while co-organising chairman Dato Vincent Sim (3rd right), and the organising committee members look on.
KUCHING: People were urged to continue supporting the government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, so that future generations can enjoy the privileges of what the State is having today.
In making this call, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, said that in supporting the current government, future generations would be able to continue enjoying political stability, peace and harmony, and other facilities in the State.
“We must ensure that our future generations are able to see all these privileges and opportunities that the State has, especially having the opportunities to get education at higher learning institutions,” he said during the Ex-Tanjung Lobang College (TLC) Miri Reunion Dinner, at Hilton Hotel, on Saturday night.
Jabu, who was representing Adenan at the dinner, said that the government’s vision was always to ensure that everyone regardless of race to have access to education.
“In 1958, before the formation of Malaysia, Tanjung Lobang College was established to provide students the opportunity to have Form Four till Form Five education. That was the vision of the government at that time which was to ensure everyone had access to education,” he said, adding that vision had been continued until today.
“Tanjung Lobang College, now called the Tuanku Haji Bujang College Miri, is a very prestigious school; it had taken the interest of my parents and other parents to send us to school at that time, despite the long distance, and transportation problem back then,” he said.
He said that those who graduated from that school were now mostly in the State Cabinet and leading the State.
“And during our school time, even before the formation of Malaysia, we already had this 1 Malaysia concept because the students consisted of those from various races, and we were able to work as a team,” he pointed out.
Therefore Jabu said that all these racial harmony and political stability had to be maintained for the future generation, and that the current government should be given chance to continue developing the State.
Meanwhile, commenting on the Tanjung Lobang College, Jabu also conveyed a message from Adenan in asking the school to continue providing good quality education.
“And do not abandon English language, because English language is very important in all aspects, be it in tourism, technology, engineering and mathematics,” he said.
“In a survey done few years ago, it was found that only 37 per cent of local university graduates were fluent in speaking, writing and understanding the English language,” he said.
Adenan said that although making English as an important language to master, one should also remember the national language Bahasa Malaysia.
The reunion dinner was attended by most of the State Cabinet members who were former students of Tanjung Lobang College, other former students, teachers and principals.
Among those present were, Jabu’s wife Dato Sri Empiang, Datu Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah who was the dinner advisor, Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications Dato Sri Michael Manyin, State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, Assistant Minister of Rural Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi, Deputy State Secretary Datu Ose Murang, Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Women, Welfare and Family Development Minister Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah, and Assistant Minister of Childhood Education and Family Development Rosey Yunus.