College Activities

Influence and Make an Impact

“Great leaders communicate and great communicators lead.” – Simon Sinek

In line with the intention to nurture students to be great leaders in the future, the Department has taken the initiative to invite Mr. Deric Tang to talk to our students on the topic ‘Influence and Make an Impact’ on the 9th of April, 2021.

Mr. Deric Tang is the Product Manager at Treal Technology and the co-founder of BB Bird Nest & Honey. He is also the Vice-President of Public Relations of MAD Toastmasters Club. As a leader and a toastmaster himself, Mr. Deric gave a very impactful talk to the students highlighting the important criteria of a leader. Bringing in his own personal experience as both a subordinate and a leader, his was able to explain leadership from both perspectives which is very practical for the students.

 Quoting Mr. Deric, leaders should possess the CEO ability a.k.a. Communication, Empathy and Optimistic. Prioritize listening in communication to listen; be empathetic to trust and better understand subordinates; and, be optimistic with ideas and suggestions. A leader should not be too full of themselves as that will close all doors to communications and ideas.

Virtual Career Talk: Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Accountancy Profession in Malaysia

It was a very fruitful afternoon for the students of Diploma in Accounting, KLT to participate in a Career Talk, organized by Malaysian Institute of Accountants and supported by the Department on the 11th of December, 2020.

Registering with MIA is considered the ultimate aim for Accounting graduates or anyone pursuing the Accounting profession. The talk mainly revolved around the pathway to register with MIA after graduating their tertiary education in accounting. A clear picture was painted for the students on how to prepare themselves in getting themselves registered with MIA in the future. For the Final Year students, suggestions were given by the speakers to either pursue a degree or register with professional bodies such as ACCA, CPA and etc. with the latter being a better, more professional pathway.

It was indeed a great honor to have Ms. Sandra Lim, Senior Executive of MIA Sarawak Regional office as the speaker of the talk and co-speaker Ms. Eleanor Shim, Head of MIA Sarawak Regional office for their insightful messages to the students. 

KLT PCB designing & prototyping workshop

The Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of KLT organized a workshop on designing and prototyping Printed Circuit Board (PCB) for their students from 21st to 26th February 2020.

The workshop provided students with knowledge on designing circuit on printed circuit board using one of the popular CAD software, Eagle.

From the design stage using the software, students will produce the real PCB using a CNC machine. This is different from the conventional way of producing PCB through the etching process. The PCB milling process using the CNC machine requires no etching chemical which is harmful to the environment, therefore no used chemical disposal problem will arise. By using the CNC machine to mill the PCB, the students were also exposed to advance computer controlled machining.

Soldering is one of the basic skills that every E&E student has to master. The workshop also provided the students with a hands on experience in soldering of circuit board.

Quantitative knowledge workshop at KLT by Edustats

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A workshop to disseminate knowledge on the quantitative knowledge and its application in the industry was held at Kolej Laila Taib on 11st February 2020. The workshop is organized by Edustats, a forefront organization that provides quantitative analysis consulting and software in order to help the industry to make a better decision.

The half-day workshop was participated by lecturers and students of KLT, which are from different programs offered by KLT such as Diploma in Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Business Management and Accounting. The workshop was conducted by Mr Harley Ooi, the business consultant of Edustats.

Through the practical hands-on session in the workshop, the participants learnt how to use Excel to do simple modelling and how to make decision when there is no data to start with. For better understanding and illustration, the instructor also provided examples of case studies in different aspects such as project management, finance and engineering risk.

“The workshop was quite beneficial to me as it exposed me to the importance of using analytic skills for better decision making through simplistic way” said one of the participants.

KLT will continue to be committed in providing high quality education by working closely with the industry. This is to ensure that both the lecturers and students gain the knowledge and competencies required at the 21st century workplace.

KLT Architecture programme assuring course quality

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At the end of the semester, Architect Chan Jih Ren was invited to give advice and comments on students’ design works. Dr. Alice, the head of Architecture Department of University Technology Malaysia (UTM) was also visiting the college and participated in the evaluation of the students’ works.

Kolej Laila Taib’s Architecture Department not only pays attention to the quality of students’ works, but also ensures that the strength and knowledge of students can meet the needs of the field.

Architect Chan pointed out to the students as to how to make the space design more practical and environmentally friendly, pin pointed on the choice of building materials used as well as building construction, and so on. It was indeed a very benefitting session for the students.

On the other hand, Dr. Alice reviewed the curriculum and students’ works throughout the year, and considered that the courses of the department are in line with the dual approval of the Ministry of Education and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). She revealed that she welcomes and encourages fresh graduates to apply to enter the University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) for further studies.

Dr Renco Yong talked on contemporary business issues to KLT’s business students

About 32 Business Management students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk by Dr Renco Yong on 13th December 2019. The objective of the talk was to share with the students about the contemporary issues in the real business world and how should the students apply their theoretical knowledge in the industry.

Dr Renco Yong has been appointed as industrial advisor of Kolej Laila Taib for Business Management Programme effective from 1st July 2019, to assist in the development of KLT’s Business Management Diploma Programme to be in line with national economic transformation programme. Dr Renco Yong is the executive director of GIMHWAK Enterprise Sdn. Bhd., and he is also the president at Sarawak Association of Maritime Industries (SAMIN). He is the founder and president of Sibu Chinese Chamber Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) Young Entrepreneur Committee (YEC), and advisory council member of UCTS as well.

During the talk, Dr Renco Yong advised the students to understand their ability, recognize their strength and then fully utilize their capability to achieve the best result. Choosing a right team member is very important. He encouraged students to mix with different team members during their college project or assignment, so that they get to know how to handle different character and personality while working together.

According to Dr Renco Yong, many businesses nowadays are thinking of having partnership, merging or consolidation to resolve issues of shortage, such as capital resources, finance, human capacity and technical knowledge.

Dr Renco used some simple examples to explain complex business knowledge and model to students. He further mentioned that it is important to study and understand your business partner and buyers’ behavior in order to find the best solution to sustain and excel the business.

He finds that Sibu is a wonderful place for young entrepreneurs to start up their business with minimum capital investment, because it is less competitive and possesses many resources, especially with the full support from association and government.

At the end of the talk, he hoped to see more young graduates staying in Sibu and make Sibu a more comfortable and livable city.

About 70 KLT accounting students attended SST talk by Ms. Noelle Lily Morse

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About 70 accounting students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk on Sales and Service Tax (SST) by Ms. Noelle Lily Morse from Kuching on 6th December 2019.

The objective of the talk was to raise students’ understanding and knowledge on Sales & Service Tax (SST) which is very much relevant especially to the accounting students.

Ms. Noelle is a HRDF certified trainer and she was former senior assistant director of Customs I, Indirect Tax Practitioner (GST/SST). In her 28 years of service in Royal Malaysia Customs (RMCD), she has served in many sections including Import & Export, Customs Intelligence, Companies Audit, Internal Tax (SST 1.0) GST and SST 2.0.

Ms Noelle explained what SST is to the students and showed the difference between sales tax vs service tax. She further elaborated on the taxable manufactured goods, prescribed (taxable) services and also SST cycle.

At the end of the talk, Ms Noelle gave some quizzes to the students and presented small gifts to the top scorers as reward. She also encouraged the students to log on to SST Portal – https://mysst.customs.gov.my to obtain more information about SST.

KLT AC Industrial Advisor’s Talk on Contemporary Accounting Issues

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About 100 Accounting and Business Management students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended a talk by Chartered Accountant Mr Mok Hua Ping from Hii King Hiong & Co on 29th November 2019.

The objective of the talk was to raise students’ understanding on contemporary accounting issues which may assist them in obtaining better knowledge on the relevant courses.

Mr Mok Hua Ping has been appointed as industrial advisor of Kolej Laila Taib for Accounting Programme effective from 1st July 2019, to assist in the development of KLT’s Accounting Diploma Programme to be in line with national economic transformation programme.

Mr Mok Hua Ping is member of Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA Australia) and also member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He is currently the manager of Sibu branch in Hii King Hiong & Co.

According to Mr Mok Hua Ping, for hundreds of years the role of the accountant has been to provide information to facilitate decision making, but an important change is underway. Future-focused accountants will not only be providers of information but will develop and apply a deep understanding of business issues in order to become crucial partners in the strategic decision-making process.

Among the biggest drives of change in the accounting profession are technology, innovative new business models, new financing options, the changing of workforce, growing pressure to operate sustainably and the need to manage the stakeholders.

He revealed that the growing use of automation is seeing technology increasingly replace human labour for repetitive, rules-based tasks, such as data entry. Software can perform such tasks many times faster than people can. On the other hand, relieved from bookkeeping-style duties, accountants have the opportunity to engage more fully in complex strategic work.

Mr Mok further mentioned that emergent technologies, including big data, analytics, blockchain, automation and artificial intelligence, are all contributing to a transformation of the accounting profession. Common consequences that arise from these technological changes and the business innovations are to reduce the need for accountants to perform basic tasks while making more information available to support analytics and the development of operational and strategic business advice.

At the end of the talk, Mr Mok provided recommendation to the students on the pathway to obtain professional accounting qualification and encouraged the students to further pursue an Accounting degree upon completing KLT’s Diploma in Accounting.

QS Educational talk on Value Management by Sr Dr. Zuhaili

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On 19th November 2019, around 50 Quantity Surveying (QS) students from Kolej Laila Taib (KLT) attended an educational talk delivered by Surveyor Dr. Zuhaili, a senior lecturer from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor. The objective of the talk is to increase the students’ exposure on the using of Value Management (VM) in a construction project.

According to Dr Zuhaili, VM is a systematic method which aims to deliver better value of money project to the client investment. Dr Zuhaili mentioned that the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department mandates that for every construction project valued at more than RM 50 million, a VM study is required to be undertaken. This shows the growing importance for the use and development of VM in the Malaysian construction industry, which can also be seen as an opportunities for QS profession to remodel their traditional service and develop new leading-edge skills.

Quantity Surveying is a fast growing field of study in Malaysia and is ranked amongst the highest in terms of employability within the Malaysian construction industry. The college’s Diploma in Quantity Surveying is a 2 years 9 months programme which is accredited and recognised by the, Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education and Malaysian Qualifications Agency. The programme prepares students with a wide range of quantifying and managerial skills, construction technologies, economics and legal aspects of construction contract. Upon completion of Diploma in Quantity Surveying, graduates can opt to start working or continue on with a Quantity Surveying Degree in local or overseas universities.

KLT offers up to 100% scholarship in six diploma programs: Diploma in Quantity Surveying, Diploma in Business Management, Diploma in Accounting, Diploma in Architecture, Diploma in Civil Engineering and Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. . For more information on programmes and activities, please call 084-311888. For online enquiries, visit https://klt.edu.my.