Move to boost transfer of skills


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Jul 2003

BY SIM LEOI LEOI

PUTRAJAYA: The Government will consider allowing foreigners taking up the “Malaysia: My Second Home” programme to work in the country as a way of transferring skills. 

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said the Home Ministry had been asked to look into the work permit applications of such foreigners. 

“On our part, the ministry will be responsible in certifying the kind of skills they have. 

“At present, many of the foreigners who come into our country under this programme are Japanese. 

“And the Japanese have many areas of expertise that we need, especially those in the automotive and high-end industries. 

“Equally important are those foreigners with good language skills, which will allow them to teach in private colleges and schools,” he told reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting here yesterday. 

The programme welcomes all foreign citizens to stay on a long stay social visit pass of up to five years.  

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