PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will soon have its own pool of experts in animation and computer games as such courses will be offered at the skills training institutes to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the software content industry worldwide.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn said the courses would be available in the July intake of the ministry-run Skills Training Institute in Kuala Lumpur and Kepala Batas.
He said the idea to introduce the courses came when he accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during a trip to South Korea recently.
Since the cost of producing animation and computer games was high in South Korea, the government had proposed that Korean companies collaborate with Malaysian companies to further develop the software content industry.
I have already directed my officers to start the the courses as soon as possible.
It is a multi-billion industry and we can certainly benefit from this, he told reporters after chairing his ministrys post-Cabinet meeting yesterday.
Najib recently said that Malaysia would set up its own MSC Malaysia Animation Centre to develop its animation and content industry.
Dr Fong said Malaysia would benefit from this industry, in terms of acquiring technical know-how and passing them on to the locals.