Najib allocates RM4 million to assist WIT College

SYED UMAR ARIFF

PORT KLANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has allocated RM4 million to upgrade facilities and ease the enrolment process of students at WIT College's main campus here and its branches nationwide.


From the amount, RM2 million would be used to purchase new equipment and books for the 40-year-old technical college.


Najib said another RM2 million would used to fund tuition fees for students from poor families.


WIT, or previously known as Workers' Institute of Technology, is a college set up by Transport Workers' Union (TWU) in 1977.


"I do not usually pay a visit to private colleges. But WIT College is a setup by the workers' union. And I do champion the interests of workers.


"I hope with the allocation WIT will continue to prosper," Najib said in his speech before a crowd of 1,500 students and teaching staff.


Najib said the government was working to increase the number of high-skilled workers as Malaysia moves forward to become a developed nation.


He said currently there were only 28 per cent of high-skilled workers out of the present workforce.


"We want to increase the number to 35 per cent by 2020. We need more high-skilled workers to meet the demands of various industries.


"We are also looking into increasing workers' productivity by 4 per cent, from 2.3 per cent annually."


Also present was TWU secretary-general Tan Sri Zainal Rampak.