Pharmaceutical manufacturer to continue recruiting locally

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BRUNEI-MUARA

PHARMACEUTICAL manufacturing joint-venture company Simpor Pharma Sdn Bhd will not stop recruiting and providing internships for students, and aims to employ 100 per cent local staff in 15 to 20 years time.

Since operations began in 2013, Simpor Pharma’s Managing Director Edward Ko said they now have 56 staff, out of which 34 are locals.

Ko said the company hopes to have 100 per cent local manpower in 15 to 20 years time, after staff especially Quality Control and Assurance managers have completed at least 10 years of training, as per pharmaceutical industry standards.

He said the company does not only hire degree graduates, but also high school and diploma graduates from technical schools to work in its production line, Quality Control and Quality Assurance departments.

He said the global economic downturn has not affected the pharmaceutical industry. “We (Simpor Pharma) did not make a lot of changes, and we continue to recruit and will keep doing so.’’

During a media tour of the facility, several local staff shared their journey at the company thus far, and said they are climbing up the career ladder and are even currently training staff under them.

Ak Md Rizamshah Pg Shahminan, a production assistant, said he started from the bottom when he first entered Simpor Pharma in 2013.

“When I applied for the job here, I had no idea what they did. However, they accepted me and sent me to Canada for two months to learn what they were about and what it entailed,’’ the 35-year-old said.

He explained being a production assistant is very different from his previous posts, and comes with much more responsibility.

Ak Md Rizamshah, who is also training staff under him now, said he will continue working at the company, as long as they would have him.

Aeriena Hj Sahri, 25, has been a Research and Development specialist since her career began at Simpor Pharma two years ago after graduating from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

Being in a progressive industry, she said it is important to keep on improving one’s skills and knowledge and is grateful that the company continuously trains them.

Dk NurulHuda Hidayati Pg Hj Muhamad, 21, a Quality Control Assistant said she was recruited in December 2015 after obtaining a diploma in Applied Science at Wasan Vocational School, now known as the IBTE Agro-Technology Campus.

The 21-year-old said she enjoys what she does on a daily basis and is proud to be responsible in making sure what people consume are safe.

UBD interns Masanizan Abu and Cyndy Chieng, both aged 21, are currently spending three months of their Discovery Year learning about Quality Control.

Both Masanizan and Chieng are the first UBD interns to be attached at Simpor Pharma.

The Brunei Times