Host Indonesia finally reached its target of winning
the ASEAN Skills Competition having made astonishing progress in human
resources development over the past two years.
The Indonesian team taking part in the 20 skills
contested during the week-long competition that ended on Tuesday,
garnered a total of 19 golds, 12 silver and two bronze medals clobbering
opposition from eight other ASEAN member countries. It also won seven
medallions of excellence.
Vietnam could only muster five golds, four silvers
and five bronzes to be distant runners-up, while Thailand, which won the
biennial competition in Bangkok in 2010, could only scrape together a
total of 11 medals, leaving them in third place
“We appreciate the Indonesian team’s performance and I
am personally proud of their dominance in winning the competition. It
is the first time Indonesia has won the competition since it was first
held in 1993,” Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar
said during the closing ceremony here on Tuesday.
He said Indonesia’s supremacy in the competition
showed the incredible progress made in developing the quality of human
resources and indicated that the younger generation had been able to
compete with other countries at the ASEAN regional level.
“For the victory, the government will give a special
appreciation and prizes — scholarships and promotions — to the glorious
Indonesian participants who won medals in such a range of skills,”
The Indonesian contingent harvested medals in
automotive technology, IT system administration, web design, mechanical
engineering design, cabinet making, industrial automation, fashion
technology (especially beauty therapy), hairdressing and mechatronics.
“Following Indonesia’s embarrassing failure to
subjugate the opposition in Bangkok [in 2010], the government
coordinated closely with relevant companies to execute intensive
training for 42 young workers to represent out national interests in the
“Thank God, our team could bring all their powers to
bear during the competition,” he said, adding that the country would
continue improving the quality of Indonesian participants in the next
two years to maintain this record in the next competition in Vietnam in
A total of 252 young workers grouped in nine teams
from ASEAN members took part in the competition and more than 250
experts were deployed as juries.
ASEAN members are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the
Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and
Myanmar. Myanmar did not join in.