PETALING JAYA: The country can have a rich pool of educated and highly-qualified workforce by 2020 with the development of a skilled and innovative “holistic Malaysian,” Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said in order for the country to remain a competitive nation within 13 years - when the Vision 2020 becomes a reality - the public and the private sectors must work together to develop the human capital as the most critical element of the holistic Malaysian.
“It’s important that the country posesses a rich pool of educated and highly-qualified workforce which is driven to excel and to compete in their respective fields,” he added.
Najib outlined three main factors for both the Government and the private sector should do in their strategies to make the agenda a success.
“Greater emphasis should be given on developing entrepreneurial skills at all levels and training.
“This will improve the employable rate among local graduates in the future.
“Efforts are also being made to expand the lifelong learning programme to provide greater opportunities to individuals to improve and add value to themselves through the continuous acquisition of knowledge and skills.
“At the tertiary level, we want to encourage greater collaboration between industries and institutions of higher learning by giving rersearch grants.
“Investing in R & D for universities is a popular method of improving the quality of industrial product in many developed universities,” he said in his speech at the unveiling of plans for the construction of Taylor’s University College new Lakeside Campus here on Monday.
Taylor’s chairman Tan Sri Dr Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim said the new campus, which will cost RM450mil, will be developed in several phases.
He added that the first phase would be completed in 2009, which also marks Taylor’s 40th anniversary in Malaysia.
“The flagship Lakeside Campus affirms our comittment to fulfill Malaysia’s goal to become a regional cenyre of education excellence,” he added.
The state-of-the-art campus is set beside a lake, and is designed to be ecologically sustainable and in harmony with nature, Dr Syed Jalaludin said.
In a press conference later, Najib said there was no plan to impose a certain charge to motorists entering Kuala Lumpur.
“The idea to impose the charges are some of the views that we have received.
“The Cabinet will have the final say on any policy matters,” he said.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique was reported to have said that his ministry is considering to send a proposal to the Cabinet to impose a congestion charge to help reduce the city’s traffic woes.
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