PENANG: More jobs in the information communications technology (ICT) sector as well as related services will be created in the northern region with Penang having obtained cybercity status this year.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said it was anticipated that investors would be attracted to the region to explore outsourcing opportunities given the new status.
“When the investors come, we want to make sure that job opportunities in the ICT sector are made available to our youths in the northern region,” he said yesterday.
He urged youths in the region to visit the ICT job fair which will be held at the Dewan Milenium in Kepala Batas from today to Saturday, where 25 companies are offering some 2,000 jobs.
Dr Jamaluddin said Malaysian youths had the necessary skills to meet employment demands in the manufacturing as well as value-added services in areas such as logistics, accounting, procurement and customer services.
He said there was an impression that Malaysia lacked workers of the right quality to cater to the growing ICT industry.
“It's not true. When we last held an ICT job fair in Cyberjaya, 11,000 job seekers came.
“Now we want to hold a job fair in Penang so that people in the northern region and in rural areas can benefit from the job opportunities available in ICT,” he said at the sponsor appreciation ceremony of the Ninth Multimedia Super Corridor International Advisory Panel meeting.
The job fair and meeting are among several activities being held in conjunction with Malaysia ICT Month, which will be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today at Dewan Milenium.