Sinar Suria Bio Centre aims to be 100% locally run

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BRUNEI-MUARA

MC BIOTECH’s newly launched first commercial biotechnology facility here, Sinar Suria Bio Centre, currently employs 25 local staff out of their total manpower of 28.

The company’s executive director Yuki Kaneda said although their current production ratio requires less than 50 staff, they are looking to employ double the number of locals once they are 100 per cent operational.

The Minister of Energy and Industry said that by next year the centre will increase the number of local staff to 48.

Apart from the 25 locals, the company currently has three Japanese staff here on site, and Kaneda said MC Biotech is looking to hire 40 to 50 local staff in the near future.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said the number of local staff currently at MC Biotech is very encouraging, and hopes to one day see 100 per cent local employment within the company.

Abdul Maziz @ Aziz Abdul Momin, 24, who is currently employed as a lab staff, said it was his rezeki in landing a job which he loves and is passionate about.

“After I graduated from Laksamana College of Business (LCB) with a National Diploma in Business in January this year, I tried applying for jobs at various companies. But I think this is my rezeki, because I also applied to Mitsubishi Corporation and suddenly after a week, I received an email from them to work at this company,’’ he said.

Five months into the job as a lab staff, he said he is grateful for the opportunity to work in a place he enjoys working at.

Although he came from a different educational background, Abdul Maziz said his Japanese mentors have been teaching him the traits of the job and is very passionate about what he does at work.

“I will definitely be staying here for a long time. I want to train young Bruneians who come in next because I want them to feel as enthusiastic about the job as I do,’’ he said.

Two other lab staff, who are graduates from the Wasan Vocational School, also shared their enthusiasm working in a field which they previously obtained certificates from.

Siti Aziemah Hj Ahmad, 19, said she previously graduated with a diploma in Aquaculture and Fisheries at the Wasan Vocational School.

“I applied for a job here and got a call to come in for an interview. After two weeks, I got the job,’’ she said.

Three months on the job now, Siti Aziemah said working as a lab staff has given her experience and is passionate about what she is learning.

“They (MC Biotech) are providing me with training and I am learning a lot as each day goes by. This job is really helping me improve my skills and knowledge from my school,’’ she said.

She said she is planning to carry on working at the company, and is looking forward to train other Bruneians who come on board in the future.

Another lab staff, Siti Nur Azirah Aziah Md Alias, said she was encouraged by her former instructor at Wasan Vocational School to try and apply for a job at MC Biotech.

“I decided to apply and after a week, they called me for an interview.

“This is now my sixth month working here and I am learning how to look at cells with a microscope,’’ she said.

The 21-year-old said she feels lucky to be working in a company doing what she knows and loves.

“I wish to stay here indefinitely and I do hope for more locals to work here so I can train them,’’ she said.

The Brunei Times