KOTA KINABALU: A total of 24 graduates who have been selected to undergo the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) Fellowship programme, received letters of appointment from the Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor today.
Hajiji presented the letters in an event held at Menara Kinabalu, which was also attended by Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam, as well as state Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin.
Hajiji, in a statement issued later, said the 24 participants were the first group of graduates who were selected to receive mentoring and hands-on learning for a duration of six months at 12 ministries in the state.
“It is the initiative of the Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry which will be implemented under the state Youth Leadership Incubator (IKEBS) programme.
“Under the programme, the SMJ Fellowship participants will receive a monthly allowance for the duration of the programme,” he said.
Hajiji, who is also the Sabah Minister of Finance, announced the SMJ Fellowship initiative when tabling the 2022 Sabah Budget last year, said it was part of the state government’s efforts to empower human capital development.
He also said that the programme is a collaboration between various agencies including the Hala Tuju SMJ Secretariat, Institut Kerjasama Kerajaan dan Rakyat (IKRAR) and the Sabah Youth Council.