RANAU: Petronas will construct a MARA Junior Science College (MRSM) here, presenting more opportunities for Sabahan children to pursue their education in a conducive learning environment.
The project also aims to encourage and promote students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and eventually produce more experts and professionals in the STEM-related fields.
MRSM Ranau – a collaborative effort between the Sabah State Government, Petronas and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) – is part of the total commitment by Petronas towards human capital development and education in Sabah for the 2014-2019 period.
A ceremony to launch the construction of the MRSM was held in Ranau recently to mark the start of the MRSM’s construction. The event was officiated by Musa Haji Aman, Chief Minister of Sabah.
Also present were members of the Sabah state cabinet and senior state government officials, Petronas senior management as well as senior officials from MARA.
In his speech at the ceremony, Musa said: “This collaboration between the Sabah State government, Petronas and MARA will ensure that the young generation is equipped with the right knowledge and skills to face the challenges of the future.”
Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, Petronas President and Group Chief Executive Officer said: “Education is the single most important tool for improving equality of life.
“Through the construction of the MRSM, Petronas remains steadfast in supporting and working closely with the government of Sabah to help contribute towards providing better access to education and capability building.
“We truly believe that empowering individuals through quality education, the right knowledge, skills and resources is key in the development of human capital that will benefit not only Sabah but also Malaysia.”
The setting up of MRSM Ranau is also in support of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which among others underlines the importance of Public-Private Partnership as one of the ways to improve the country’s quality of education.
The construction for MRSM Ranau, located not far from the Ranau Sports Complex, will start in the third quarter of 2018 and is expected to be completed in three years.
With a gross floor area of 26,000 square metres, it will be able to accommodate 450 students, with facilities that include academic blocks, science laboratories, hostels, multipurpose hall, sports facilities, living quarters for teachers and a surau.
Apart from MRSM Ranau, Petronas is also constructing a hostel, or Asrama Harian Luar Bandar at SK Balambangan Banggi to provide better access to education for the students of Pulau Balambangan, an island off Kudat in the northern part of Sabah.
The construction for the hostel, which will accommodate 120 students, will start in March next year and is expected to be completed in 2019.
In Sarawak, Petronas will also build an MRSM in Bintulu, and an Asrama Harian Luar Bandar at SK Orang Kaya Muda Pakeri, Paloh in Daro. The launch ceremony for the construction of MRSM Bintulu took place on October 27, 2017.