Job seekers expected to cross over to island republic

JOHOR BARU: Many Malaysians job seekers are expected to cross over to Singapore as the republic has plans to create up to 10,000 jobs in the technology sector within the next three years.

It was reported that Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) will spearhead the move to establish the city state as a global hub for the industry with openings for positions in engineering, software development and finance.

Johor South SME adviser Teh Kee Sin said Singapore’s plans would definitely attract Malaysians, especially Johoreans.

“We cannot do much to stop the brain drain in today’s borderless world,’’ he said.

Teh said the global job landscapes have shifted from traditional jobs to data analysts, scientists, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning analysts and software application developers.

He said the main pulling factor for many Malaysians seeking employment in the republic was the favourable exchange rate.

“The Sedenak Digital Valley in Iskandar Malaysia did not materialise as fast as planned and attract many big IT players,’’ said Teh.

He said among the reasons for the delay of the project could probably be due to inadequate IT infrastructure such as crawling Internet connectivity, no attractive incentives as well as less local IT personnel.

Johor Indian Business Organisation president P. Sivakumar said Malaysia and Johor in particular, would soon be facing an acute shortage of skilled and talented workforce for digital transformation across the region.

“Johor’s move to attract more high-technology companies to invest in the state needs the back up of a highly technically skilled competent workforce,’’ he said.

Sivakumar said it was more important than ever for employers to invest in training and retraining of their workforce as well as offer competitive salaries, flexible working hours and career development opportunities.— By ZAZALI MUSA

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