Homegrown talents needed for mega rail projects, says Wee

PETALING JAYA: Homegrown talents and expertise are needed now more than ever with the many mega rail projects coming up in the country, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

Besides producing more graduates in the sector, the nation also needed more internationally recognised and qualified experts to develop the rail sector for future requirements, he said yesterday.

The Ayer Hitam MP said this after a discussion with the Technology Depository Agency (TDA) yesterday on how the National Rail Centre of Excellence (NRCOE) and TDA could work together.

In the meeting, Dr Wee had expressed his views on how TDA, an agency under the Finance Ministry, and Transport Ministry’s agencies could work more closely on technology transfers and programmes to increase 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 Rapid Transit System Link to Singapore, MRT3, and East Coast Rail Line, Malaysia’s need for more homegrown professional and qualified workers and experts is greater than ever, ” said Dr Wee on Facebook.

He also thanked newly-appointed TDA chief executive officer Dr Sharoul Jambari for making the courtesy visit to the ministry.

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