Dateline 2015-11-20, Daily Express:
Sabah’s oil and gas industry needs about 25,000 skilled workers at a high-end level right up to managerial level. Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Faculty of Engineering Dean Prof. Dr Rosalam Sarbatly, who disclosed this, said there is a huge shortage of skilled manpower in the industry as several oil and gas projects in the State have to import such workers from overseas to cater to their manpower needs.
“The percentage of locals with those high-end skills for the oil and gas industry in Sabah is very small whereby we are lacking local manpower in high-tech skills such as those concerning seismic and underwater tasks.
“However, about 70 per cent of locals are in the low-end technical skills like blasting, painting and coating.
“That is why UMS came into the picture and is collaborating with certain bodies that issue internationally recognised certifications so as to address the shortage in high-tech skills,” he said.