Mandarin literacy in demand

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019

Compiled by C. Aruno, Derek Yong and R. Aravinthan

WITH a large influx of foreign direct investment into Malaysia, the demand for Mandarin-literate talents has shot up, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.Recruitment agencies are reporting an increasing demand for mid-senior level employees who can read and write in Mandarin.

According to the Johor branch of Kingfisher Executive Search Co, more and more companies from China and Japan were looking to recruit mid-level and senior-level staff who were well versed in the language.

“Our Johor clients primarily work with Chinese firms.

“As such, they mainly look for employees who can speak Mandarin.

“Clients from Japan who are based in Kuala Lumpur have similar requirements as well, ” one of the firm’s managers Cao Jie said in an interview.

Cao said most of their clients were looking for experts in technology and programming but there was a dearth of such talents in Malaysia.

“Many talented Malaysians have moved to Singapore to work, ” she said, adding that the gap was filled by staff from the Middle East.

The firm was established in 2003 and

provides services to more than 150 multinational companies, having offices in China, Holland, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, India and Japan.

> Kung fu superstar Sammo Hung (pic) shocked fans when he was recently photographed needing someone to hold his hand while walking, China Press reported.

The 67-year-old actor, who was once known as the “most agile Fatty”, appeared aged and frail.

Hung underwent a knee surgery after decades of subjecting it to abuse while filming kung fu flicks.

The person who uploaded the photo bumped into Hung at a restaurant, where he was seen packing leftovers to take home despite his millionaire status.

Fans who saw the photo expressed concern over how Hung’s hair had seemingly turned nearly all white and that he appeared to have gained weight.

Hung’s film career spanned more than 50 years and he was credited to have helped reinvent the martial arts film genre in the 1980s.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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