Tawau-born ex­ec­u­tive thank­ful for na­tional trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives

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SHAH ALAM: Com­ing from a mid­dle-in­come fam­ily, Tawau-born oil com­pany ex­ec­u­tive An­niza Soh is thank­ful to the gov­ern­ment for its na­tional trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives.

An­niza, 31, who works in Sch­lum­berger as a fields ser­vice man­ager, in charge of its test­ing and process depart­ment op­er­a­tions in Malaysia, Brunei and the Philip­pines, said the coun­try’s trans­for­ma­tion pro­grammes had con­trib­uted to­wards mak­ing her a suc­cess­ful ca­reer woman.

The youngest of six sib­lings stud­ied Civil Engi­neer­ing at Univer­siti Te­knologi Petronas (UTP) un­der a Petronas schol­ar­ship, be­fore se­cur­ing a job with the world’s largest oil field ser­vices com­pany in 2008.

“I’m thank­ful for the schol­ar­ship. As some­one com­ing from a mid­dle-in­come fam­ily, I could not af­ford to fur­ther my stud­ies over­seas, and the schol­ar­ship came as a bless­ing to me.

“It helped me to pur­sue my dream with­out hav­ing to bur­den my par­ents on the study fees,” she said af­ter the launch of Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (NTP) 2016 an­nual re­port at De­wan Agong Tuanku Canselor in Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara here on Tues­day.

An­niza said she spent the first eight years with Sch­lum­berger over­seas, where she worked in Qatar for 3½ years, be­fore be­ing posted to Brazil and later France.

She said the NTP again helped her last year, where she re­turned to Malaysia un­der the Re­turn­ing Ex­pert Pro­gramme (REP). The REP is an ini­tia­tive in­tro­duced in 2001 by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to en­cour­age Malaysians abroad with ex­per­tise in se­lected pri­or­ity sec­tors to re­turn and con­trib­ute to­wards the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

An­niza said her fa­ther, 72, worked as a farmer while her mother, 71, is a re­tired school prin­ci­pal.

Her par­ents hail from Me­laka and Pe­nang re­spec­tively, but An­niza was born and raised in Tawau where her mother was posted.

Her suc­cess story was cited by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak when he launched the NTP 2016 re­port on Tues­day, as an ex­am­ple of a suc­cess­ful Malaysian who re­turned to serve the coun­try.

An­niza Soh

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