Saturday, 1 December 2012


AWARD ......Mark Anthony Lim (right) receiving the award from Vice President, Human Resource Management Division, PETRONAS, Puan Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman (left) at the Institute of Petroleum Technology (INSTEP) convocation.

MARK ANTHONY Lim Soon Fatt, a 23 year-old Sabahan youth from Kota Kinabalu emerged at the top of his class in the PETRONAS Institute of Petroleum Technology (INSTEP) during its convocation in Kuala Terengganu recently.

Lim graduated with a Diploma in Instrumentation. He is among 139 students – 22 of whom are from Sabah and Labuan – who completed their three-year programme in December last year and June this year. INSTEP was established in 1981 to produce skilled technicians for the oil and gas industry. The Petroleum Technology Programme was added as one of its training programmes in 2007.

Lim adds to the 10,000 or so skilled technicians since the petroleum technology programme was started. A majority of them are now employed by the subsidiary companies of PETRONAS or joint-venture companies as well as by other companies in the oil and gas industry.

When interviewed after the graduation ceremony, Lim attributed his success to the highly skilled learning facilitators as well as the wide range of facilities available at INSTEP.

“The facilities have allowed us to undergo hands-on practical training which is useful and applicable at my workplace. The learning facilitators are very experienced and helpful in making us understand the course materials,” he said.

Lim is currently working with Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Co. Sdn Bhd, a joint operating company between PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, Shell Energy Asia Limited and Conoco Phillips Sabah Gas Ltd. (Insight Sabah)

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