Providing opportunities for every Malaysian to receive good education, training and jobs for a better future.
Nurul Fatin Atikah & Siti Sarah Mohd Samsuri
When I was a kid, I loved following my dad to work at the workshop. I loved watching the sparks fly as he welded gates,
windows as my dad worked on them. But whenever I talk about my interest in welding, everyone told me that it’s a man’s job.
I never cared, ‘ketegaq’ as the locals would say it. Why can’t I do it?
After PMR, I was determined to take technical and vocational course. I had to apply twice at
the Kolej Vokasional Sungai Petani 1 and finally gained admission to major in welding after
my second appeal. Including myself, there were only 3 girls in my course.
Alhamdulillah, it was the right choice for me to involve myself with TVET. Sapura Kencana
offered me a job as a welder even before I graduated. It’s proof that whatever men can do, women can do too!
Nurul Fatin Atikah
In secondary school I was faced with a choice – continue with conventional learning and sit for SPM
or apply for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). I was an easy choice for me, TVET!
Many out there perceive TVET as a second-class education with no real future. It is also seen as the last choice,
for students who don’t do well in school. But what they don’t know is that the starting pay for TVET graduates is much higher than diploma and degree holders!
I am one of the two women who graduate from Kolej Vokasional Sungai Petani 1 with a welding certification. Thank you to
the government for giving women like me the opportunity to strive in this field.
Siti Sarah Mohd Samsuri
Nurul Fatin and Siti Sarah are only two of the hundreds of thousands of students in
Malaysia who benefit from government’s continuous efforts to improve our education system,
including the upgrade of sixty nine vocational high schools to vocational colleges.
The Barisan Nasional government has spent RM468.3 billion on education and will continue
to provide a quality education system and opportunities for human capital development for the rakyat.