PETALING JAYA: With the many mega rail projects coming up in the country, there is a greater need than ever for homegrown talent, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The Transport Minister said besides producing more graduates in the sector, the nation also needs more internationally recognised and qualified experts to develop the rail sector for future requirements.
The Ayer Hitam MP said this after a discussion on Thursday (April 15) with the Technology Depository Agency (TDA) on how the National Rail Centre of Excellence (NRCOE) and TDA can work together.
In the meeting, Dr Wee expressed his views on how TDA, an agency under the Finance Ministry, and the Transport Ministry's agencies can work more closely on technology transfers and programmes to raise the capabilities of human capital in rail, aviation and other transport sectors.
"We can look forward to more workshops to assist NRCOE in bringing up the railway sector's human resources.
"With the many mega rail projects coming up such as the RTS Link to Singapore, MRT3 and ECRL, Malaysia's need for more homegrown professional and qualified workers and experts is greater than ever," said Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Thursday (April 15).
He also thanked newly appointed TDA chief executive officer Dr Sharoul Jambari for making the courtesy visit to the ministry.