Kolej Laila Taib and Sendayan Group join forces to enhance graduates’ competencies

Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) and Sendayan Group (Sendayan) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strategically and specifically address the systemic skills development required for graduates in the construction industry.

Represented by its CEO Mr. Lawrence Law, Sendayan Group is a significant player in the real estate and housing industry in Sarawak for over 20 years has steadily built up its deep expertise in building construction and property development and is known for its standards of quality and reliability.  Mr. Lawrence Law stressed that coordinated efforts between institutions of higher learning and diverse industry sectors are crucial to avoid skill mismatch and will assist in equipping students with both technical competencies as well as professional skills required in today’s working environment. Besides, programmes delivered based on local contexts will benefit the local graduates with real-life exposure.

Meanwhile, Sr. Eric Wong, CEO of KLT expressed confidence that through the collaboration with Sendayan, further enhancement of the curriculum can be established to meet the expectations of the construction industry in order to face the fast-paced demands caused by globalization.  This could be achieved through the feedback of the industrial placement curriculum which aims to bridge the gaps between programme outcomes and workplace requirements.

Law added that it is critically vital that possession of good character and work ethics are the key to securing graduates employment, aside from his/her high CGPA as a plus point. Law further urged that inexperienced graduates should demonstrate eagerness in the development of necessary skill sets to achieve higher income, instead of appearing more interested in the benefits offered by the company.

Both KLT and Sendayan see the importance of boosting the relevance of the programmes and employability of KLT graduates who shall play a role to support and drive the Post-Covid Economic Recovery Plan launched by the Sarawak Government. At the same time, the recent announcement of the Bukit Assek Redevelopment Plan which aims to give Sibu a facelift will take up to 20 years for implementation, expansion of Sibu’s urban and commercial areas, upgrading of digital infrastructure, and declaration of Bukit Lima as a nature reserve would definitely catalyze the local construction industry where huge technical human capitals will be needed to fulfill the needs of the project. This could further be confirmed by the announcement of Sarawak Premier that the state government has some major projects in the pipeline for Sibu in its bid to achieve city status by 2031.

Hence, Sr. Wong urged interested students to find out more about what KLT is offering and take the advantage of the integrated industry-driven programmes to kick start their career journey.

Represented by its CEO Mr. Lawrence Law, Sendayan Group shared his thoughts with KLT.
Sr Eri Wong, CEO of KLT brought Mr. Lawrence Law for a tour of the facilities of KLT.
Kolej Laila Taib CEO Sr. Eric Wong (left) signed MoU with Sendayan Group, represented by its CEO Mr. Lawrence Law (right)


KLT signed MoU with Kaifa Technology Malaysia Sdn. Bhd

To keep KLT on the cutting edge, KLT leaders are not only giving in time and efforts to engage in ongoing learning and development of the programmes itself, but also finding its way to maintain a focus on industry insight. With the fast evolution of technology, partnering with Kaifa Technology to collaborate on things that are working out the best for students is an inspirational exercise.

Following the courtesy visit of Kaifa Technology dated on Feb 14, 2022, the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which was held at the Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) marked the outset of the collaboration between KLT and Kaifa Technology Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Kaifa Technology is a well-established technology-based China-listed company which strives to provide job opportunities and enhance its research capabilities through various collaborations with higher institutions.  

During the visit, Kaifa Technology shared their company projects which are focusing on manufacturing products of medical and non-medical devices such as ventilators and drones respectively. The company has penetrated the Sarawak market for human resources hunting to cater for their project’s shortfall in human capital, especially electronic and electrical segment, etc. Meanwhile, KLT’s management also shared the collaborative possibilities with Kaifa Technology for students to have a combination of academic evaluation plus industry assessment, or sponsorship of students to study at KLT.

Under this collaboration, students will have the opportunity to gain the unprecedented internship experience at Kaifa Technology in the areas of engineering technology, products designs and business ideas to solve the most impactful problems. Besides, educational visits and joint workshops will aim to enhance students’ industrial exposure and gain insight about contemporary issues in the real industry world. KLT will continue to work closely with the industries to ensure students gaining the knowledge and developing competencies required in this century. To stay ahead of the game, KLT has planned to create a culture of innovation with the aid of partnering with industries.

KLT receives courtesy visit from Swinburne Sarawak

Following Sarawak’s transition into phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), most economic sectors and activities are allowed to operate fully while observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs). While Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) as an education provider is looking into the possibility of resuming its campus life at the soonest, a courtesy visit by Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus has certainly become a catalyst to stimulate the repositioning of the college to recover from the long quietness due to online teaching.

During the visit, Ir. Professor Lau Hieng Ho, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and CEO from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, who led the team to the KLT highlighted their intention in partnership opportunity and other potential collaborations since both institutions are owned by Yayasan Sarawak. This partnership shall look into the possibility of maximizing the credit transfer of the existing KLT Diploma programmes to Swinburne degree programmes.

According to Ir. Professor Lau, KLT being THE ONLY COLLEGE owned by Yayasan Sarawak posed a very important position in offering diploma programmes to a big group of school leavers who will benefit from the maximum credit transfers while saving their tuition fee on topping up with Swinburne University at the shortest duration.

On top of that, Swinburne University will also assist KLT to explore other potential diploma programmes which can fill the gap of human capital needed for the state economic development. For potential diploma programmes, Swinburne University will fully support KLT in terms of programmes’ structures and content, which will complement the maximum credit transfer thereafter for the students pursuing their degree studies at Swinburne University. KLT looks forward to developing closer relationship with Swinburne Sarawak, in benefiting the students both financially and academically while preparing them to be future ready.

Be a part of KLT’s family. KLT March 2022 is open for registration. Students can apply with the SPM trial result for this March intake (Terms & Conditions apply). For more programmes and scholarships details, feel free to contact us at 084-311 888, WhatsApp us at 016-380 9818, or visit our official website at http://www.KLT.edu.my.






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4 Perkara penting pelajar perlu tahu selepas SPM


Setelah tamat menduduki peperiksaan SPM, anda mungkin sedang memikirkan, bagaimana untuk memilih Program yang sesuai sekiranya ingin menyambungkan pelajaran di peringkat yang lebih tinggi selepas SPM. Banyak perkara yang perlu anda titik beratkan dan anda perlu meneliti setiap pilihan sebelum membuat keputusan.

Tidak mengira anda dari aliran sastera atau aliran sains, terdapat 4 perkara penting yang perlu diambil kira semasa memilih destinasi untuk menyambungkan pelajaran.


  1. Peringkat pendidikan

Terdapat pelbagai peringkat pendidikan yang boleh anda pilih dengan kelayakan SPM. Antaranya adalah peringkat asasi, peringkat sijil dan peringkat diploma. Setiap peringkat juga ada kategori yang tersendiri. Sebagai contoh, peringkat diploma ada dua kategori, iaitu diploma kemahiran dan diploma akademik.


  1. Memilih Institusi

Terdapat pelbagai jenis institusi pengajian tinggi yang boleh pelajar pilih sebagai destinasi untuk melanjutkan pelajaran, yang terbahagi kepada institusi pendidikan awam dan institusi pendidikan swasta. Di Malaysia terdapat 20 buah university awam dan lebih dari 50 buah universiti swasta berserta lebih daripada 300 buah kolej. Terdapat juga pelbagai institusi pendidikan di bawah kementerian seperti Kolej Komuniti dan Politeknik di bawah Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi dan juga Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP) dan Pusat Latihan Teknologi Tinggi (ADTEC) di bawah Kementerian Sumber Manusia (KSM).


  1. Bidang pengajian & Kelayakan

Ada pelbagai bidang pengajian ditawarkan oleh institusi pengajian tinggi yang boleh para pelajar pilih mengikut kelayakan serta minat masing-masing. Anda boleh mengetahui syarat permohonan minima untuk setiap program yang anda minati dengan menghubungi institusi berkenaan atau melawat ke laman sesawang institusi tersebut.


Ambil perhatian juga kepada peringkat pengajian yang ditawarkan oleh setiap institusi kerana ada yang hanya menawarkan sehingga peringkat sijil atau diploma sahaja. Ada pula yang menawarkan hanya peringkat ijazah sahaja. Ada juga institusi yang menawarkan semua peringkat pendidikan.


  1. Peluang pekerjaan

Jika anda risau akan peluang pekerjaan selepas tamat pengajian, pilihlah program yang diperlukan oleh industri pada masa kini.


4 perkara ini sangat penting kepada pelajar yang telah menamatkan pelajaran di peringkat SPM, supaya bidang yang dipilih adalah sesuai dengan minat para pelajar dan mempunyai peluang pekerjaan. Dengan begitu, para pelajar dapat mengelakkan isu pengangguran di masa kelak.


Bidang yang ditawarkan di university & Kolej boleh diklasifikasi kan kepada beberapa bidang. Bidang pendidikan terlalu meluas dari segi akademik dan kelayakan kemahiran atau program di bawah cabangan subjek yang sama. Tambahan pula, program yang ditawarkan di bawah bidang yang sama memerlukan kelayakan yang sama untuk pendaftaran.

Dengan mengetahui bidang apa yang anda minati, anda boleh menetapkan kerjaya yang sesuai dengan minat anda. Kerjaya anda sesuai dengan bidang pelajaran yang diceburi, atau anda akan mengetahui bahawa anda juga meminati bidang lain.

Untuk memastikan anda memilih pilihan yang tepat. Bidang yang anda inginkan mestilah berdasarkan minat anda dan bidang tersebut merupakan batu loncatan atau permulaan langkah untuk mencapai kerjaya yang di inginkan.


Antara bidang pendidikan yang ada di Malaysia

  • Kejuruteraan
  • Pendidikan
  • Pengkomputeran
  • Komunikasi & Penyiaran
  • Pengurusan & Petadbiran perniagaan
  • Teknik Audio- Visual & Penghasilan Media
  • Seni & Reka Bentuk
  • Seni Bina & Banggunan
  • Pertanian
  • Perhutanan
  • Perikanan & Veterina
  • Perakaunan & Kewangan
  • Perlindungan Alam sekitar
  • Hospitaliti & Perlancongan
  • Kemanusiaan
  • Bahasa
  • Undang-undang
  • Pembuatan & Pemprosesan
  • Pemasaran & Jualan
  • Matematik & Statistik
  • Perubatan & Penjagaan Kesihatan
  • Teknologi & Rawatan Perubatan
  • Sains (Sains Biology & Sains Fizikal)
  • Perkhidmatan keselamatan
  • Khidmat social
  • Perkhidmatan pengangkutan

dan banyak lagi…

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Why choose Diploma? Things to know after SPM

Before you decide on what career pathway do you like to take, ask yourself this questions first:

  1. Do you prefer to learn by doing rather than attending lectures?
  2. Do you want to enter the working world as soon as you can?
  3. Are you concerned you may not have enough funds to study?
  4. How many credit in SPM do you have?

 Your answer could be a diploma after SPM.

Here’s why:

1. The entry requirements are less rigid

The general entry requirements for a diploma is a pass with three credits in SPM. However, some diplomas may have additional requirements eg: Nursing Diploma need at least 5 credits. Please do check with the college you’re interested in.

2. Diplomas cost less

Let’s face it. Education is expensive, especially after the pandemic, some parent are trying their best to put dinner on the table, let alone to fund the tertiary education.

The course fees for a diploma programme ranges from RM15,000 – 40,000, with many courses falling in the range of RM25,000 – 35,000.

The best is that to get a financial aid such as scholarship or education loans. Do check with the institutions if there any available financial aid for the students.

3. Diplomas make you ready for the job market

Unlike pre-university programmes that focus more on rigorous academic study, diploma programmes are designed to equip students with the necessary skills required to meet the job requirements in a particular industry. The curriculum often includes lots of hands-on work that allows you to practise these skills. You’ll be able to enter the workforce within your target industry right after you graduate.

4. You’ll love it if you like practical work

As mentioned in the previous point, a diploma prepares you with the specific skills that you need in a target industry. Whether you choose graphic design, culinary arts, automotive technology or medical imaging, you would have completed plenty of practical training in the core area of your study by the time you graduate.

If you like more hands-on work and practical experience, you’ll enjoy the curriculum of a diploma course which is usually 60% academic and 40% practical.

5. You complete your studies sooner

If you choose the pre-U route after SPM followed by a bachelor’s degree, you’d take about 5-6 years to graduate. In contrast, a diploma generally takes 3 years, allowing you to enter the job market and begin earning sooner.

6. Your learning options are flexible

When you come to the point where you feel you need to further your studies to improve your career opportunities, you’d be glad to know that many diplomas are accepted in many local and overseas universities that lead to a bachelor’s degree. Plus many degree programmes are offered in different study modes like distance learning, part-time, and full-time. You can choose to work and continue your bachelor’s degree at the same time. As a bonus, and you might have the chance to build up your contacts in the working world through your fellow classmates.

 Are you excited yet? If you are, may consider to choose Kolej Laila Taib as your destiny to further your diploma. Here’s why:

  • We offer up to 100% scholarship for students to cover their programme fee and hostel fee – Laila Taib Scholarship

KLT support the school effort to prevent crime and drugs

Drugs and crime have become a security issues and people talked about this every day. Various ways are used to curb the spread of drug abuse which in turn leads to criminal cases in the country. Early exposure and education about drug and crime is one of the main strategy of prevention and it best to start during the school days.

‘Laluan Pendidikan Pencegahan Dadah (PPDa)’ that was set up in schools is one of the steps taken by education department to create the awareness and spread the knowledge not only to the students, but also to teachers, education staff and parents.

Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) is honored to sponsor the ‘Laluan Pendidikan Pencegahan Dadah (PPDa)’ for SMK Rosli Dhoby Sibu. The sponsorship cheque was handed over by the representative of KLT, Miss. Lydia Ding on September 14, 2021. It is hoped that the sponsorship will be able to help the school to establish the best PPDa route to share the information with the students.

KLT Sponsor STU Sibu SPM Workshop

To boost the partnership between Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) and Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU), KLT once again collaborate with STU Sibu to organize the SPM Workshop. The workshop will be held online and focus on Mathematics and Science subjects. The event will be live streaming through Facebook and YouTube in December 2021.

STU as represented by Mr Yong Sie Hing, the president of STU Sibu and Miss Ling Siew Ming, the Treasury Assistant of the union had attended the handover of the sponsorship on 8th September 2021 at KLT. The cheque was handed over by KLT’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Eric Wong Kwong Lee.

It is an honour for KLT to take the opportunity to participate in the event. KLT shall continue to be the merchant partner of STU.  Apart from the 100% scholarship for the programme fee for students with at least 2As and 3Bs, children of STU’s members will also be given another 10% fee waiver for the first semester hostel fee. This financial assistance aim to reduce the burden of the parents especially during the pandemic. For any enquiry related to KLT’s November intake, kindly contact us at 084-311888 or 016-3809818 or follow us on our official Facebook and website http://www.klt.edu.my.

Rethink Marketing: Are You Selling or Shiok Sendiri

Marketing is dynamic, requires constant changing and adapting to changes in the environment. As budding or future entrepreneurs or players of the industry, it is definitely beneficial to hear from industry players of what works and what doesn’t.

On 23rd July, 2021, fellow alumnus of Kolej Laila Taib, Mr. Henry Lee Yan Fong was invited to talk to the students of the Department of Business Management, on the title: Rethink Marketing – Are You Selling or Shiok Sendiri. Mr. Henry is currently running his own business, JHGROUP PLT with his partner, in Sibu. He is also the 2021 JCI Malaysia Area Sarawak Digital Transformation Director and 2021 Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Youth Entrepreneur Committee Self-Media Assistant Chairperson.

Mr. Henry made the talk very interactive, constantly interacting with the students and relate his talk to the students’ knowledge and questions. This has successfully captured the attention and heart of the students as the students felt personally involved and related to the content of the talk. 70% of the students said the talk was inspiring.

Comments from the students:

The talk by Mr. Henry is important and greatly connects to reality and life. – Winnie Lim

The talk taught me the importance of going to the university. Only with sufficient knowledge of the market, we can avoid or reduce the risk of entrepreneurial failure. – Chuo Ying Ying

For those of us who have not entered the workplace, it is very beneficial to be able to listen to the experience and sharing of an entrepreneur. Regardless of whether we will engage in marketing in the future, at least I will not be unfamiliar and confused with the field. – Josselyn Lim Hui Xing

Need to think beyond the basic knowledge, understand how customers think and take each step patiently. – Christina Yong Pei Kiew

Who are Quantity Surveyors?

The terms measurement and estimation might not be new for us. We learn those terms in school, especially in the subject, Mathematics. We learn how to measure the quantity and weight of a thing, and in turn estimate the value of the thing.

However, there is a professional title that we might not be familiar with, which is called “Sr”, and that is Quantity Surveyor. Quantity Surveyor is actually a century-old profession that originated in the UK, and is currently an indispensable profession in the construction industry in the world. Quantity Surveyors not only estimate materials required in the construction project, they also estimate construction cost, as well as prepare and manage tender and contract documents. To put it simply, a Quantity Surveyor is an accountant in the construction industry.

If we look at it from a historical perspective, they may appear under different names, but we can affirm the importance and undeniable existence of this profession. From the construction of the ancient Egyptian pyramids, the temples by King Solomon, the Great Wall by Emperor Qing Shi Huang, to the series of historical sites left by the British Empire; each construction projects do require estimation in ensuring that the entire project can be completed within the specified time and budget, at the same time meet the quality requirements.

Today, Quantity Surveyors prepare preliminary cost estimates and estimate risk based on the blueprint of the architect and engineer. Then they will have to modify the cost plan according to the changes of the design blueprint to ensure that the construction cost does not exceed the budget. After that, they will prepare a Tender Document and Bill of Quantities (BQ), and gradually list the building materials and project timelines. From these, the bidder who offers the most reasonable price can become the contractor and be responsible for that construction project. In addition, Quantity Surveyor will then prepare Contract Document based on the bid documents.

When the construction project starts, Quantity Surveyors’ duties do not end there. They have to visit the construction site every month to follow up the construction progress and expenditure of the project to ensure that the cost of the project does not deviate from the budget. From the early stage to the end of the project, Quantity Surveyor plays a pivotal role in a construction project. In addition to calculating building materials and construction costs, they also need to deal with a lot of money-related matters.

As a developing nation, Malaysia has realized the pivotal role of the construction sector not only in economic growth but also in improving the quality of life and living standards of Malaysian people. Over the last two decades it has been contributing between 3 to 5 percent of the aggregate economy GDP.

Hence, the construction industry will continue to play an important role in shaping the economy of Malaysia. Quantity Surveyor is not only involved in construction projects, but also involved in public works and infrastructure, such as railways, roads, bridges, airports, dams, and even heavy industries such as oil and gas industries. There is a great demand for Quantity Surveyors in the market.

For secondary school leavers who are interested to explore more about this profession, you are welcome to call Kolej Laila Taib at 084-311888 or WhatsApp to 016-380 9818, we are ready to shape your future. Scholarships and loans are also available.

QS students from KLT visited the Country Garden Forest City located within the Iskandar Region (photo taken before the pandemic)