Besut set to become Terengganu's educational hub


JERTIH: Besut will be developed into an educational hub for Terengganu, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the RM180 million Besut Polytechnic, situated on a 70-acre site, would benefit 1,200 students when completed in two years.

“There are plans to construct more educational institutions and facilities here to boost the educational prowess of locals, so that they are equipped with adequate knowledge,” he said.

It was one of three such institutions to be built; the other two being the RM220 million Bagan Datok Polytechnic in Perak and RM20 million Metro Polytechnic in Tawau, Sabah.

Idris said polytechnics were equally important for rural folk, just like its success with urban areas.

He added that while awaiting for the proper Besut Polytechnic to be completed at Kampung Bukit Keluang, a temporary facility at a shophouse in Kampung Raja, Kota Putera was able to accommodate 200 students.

“Students here are taught creative programmes like craft industry diploma and batik fashion diploma,” he said.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman announced that RM3 million was allocated to build a new building for the Charity and Welfare Body of the Wives of Terengganu Elected Representatives (Serikandi) in Batu Burok.

“This is in appreciation of the important role played by Serikandi all this while by carrying out community and welfare programmes.

"Currently, Serikandi is operating at a government quarters in Batu Buruk which lacks adequate space.

“The Serikandi committee will come up with the building design,” he said after officiating Serikandi’s 30th anniversary at the Duyong Marina and Resort.

Razif’s wife Toh Puan Seri Halina Zakaria is Serikandi president.

Razif also announced a RM100,000 allocation for Serikandi’s activities.