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Where are our skilled workers and professionals?

Malaysia invests a lot of money on education for her people since independence. Improve the supply of skilled workers serve no purpose if the brain drain is continued as usual.

We are becoming top exporter for skilled workers to Singapore, China, Australia, USA, etc. and importer for unskilled workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, etc.

1.5 million Malaysians mostly skilled workers and professionals emigrated to overseas since 1957 and in the same time we imported three million low skill cheap labors.

The dream to be a developed nation will always remain a dream forever!

Malaysia Needs To Improve Supply Of Skilled Workforce, Says Hitachi MD

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Bernama) — Malaysia needs to improve the supply of skilled, professional, value-focused workers, and provide truly market relevant skills for the existing workforce.

In a statement here Thursday, managing director of Hitachi Data Systems Malaysia, Johnson Khoo, said around the region, Indonesia and the Philippines were intensifying their efforts in this area, and it was vital for the country to boost its efforts to build quality human capital.

“Overall, we applaud the 10th Malaysia Plan’s (10MP) continued emphasis on enhancing human capital in the public and private sectors,” he said.

Khoo was commenting on the 10MP which was tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Parliament here Thursday.

He said irrespective of whether the economy was government or private sector-driven, it was the quality of the human capital that would determine if the country could meet its aspirations of achieving a high-value and high-income economy by 2020.

Khoo hailed the announcement of a Competition Law as it would provide a regulatory framework against market manipulation and cartel practices that may affect market efficiency.

“This augurs well for the future as it will stimulate competition and encourage investments into the economy,” he said.

Meanwhile, managing director of Cisco Malaysia, Anne Abraham, said the measures announced in 10MP and developments for the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) represented comprehensive initiatives that would open doors for innovative collaborations between the government, business entities and citizens,

She said Cisco recognised the government’s commitment to retain skilled workers, and improve the quality of students as well as enhancing their employability.

“While training and certification is an on-going imperative, there is also a need for continued investment to address the skills gap between academia and the industry, both at the tertiary and professional levels,” she said.

— BERNAMA

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