In a bid to keep local talents

Children playing at the Youth and Sports Night held at the SPU ecotourism centre.

A MEDIA report has revealed that the number of Malaysians working in Singapore increased from 195,072 in 1990 to 952,261 in 2019.

Responding to the report, Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said: “We are keen to ensure that our talents remain in Malaysia by offering attractive job opportunities.”

He said Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC) brought in over 20 employers for a four-day job-matching initiative recently.

About 40 candidates, mostly youths, attended physical interviews and 10 were selected for further interviews by the employers which included multinational firms and non-governmental organisations.

Master Ooi playing the guzheng at the Youth and Sports Night.Master Ooi playing the guzheng at the Youth and Sports Night.

Soon was speaking to reporters before opening the Youth and Sports Night in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Carnival 2022 at the Seberang Prai Utara (SPU) ecotourism centre in Bertam near Kepala Batas.

“PYDC under its “We Want You” platform will continue efforts to help youths, especially those from rural areas, to find suitable careers in the state,” he added.

Also present at the event were PYDC general manager Dr Gwee Sai Ling and Penang Chief Minister’s special coordinating officer Lay Hock Peng.

The carnival held from May 7 to 12 aimed to promote the SPU centre and highlighted various local agricultural products.

Plans for the SPU centre, which has not yet been launched, include setting up a farm and chalets.

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