Locals to be trained into skilled workforce for park

2/6/2013 — The Star

KUANTAN: The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) will work with local skills training centres to train a skilled workforce for the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP).
Its CEO Datuk Jebasingam Issace John said the project would create some 8,500 jobs and provide significant employment opportunities for locals.
“We will continue developing human capital through our programmes that will produce a skilled workforce to operate this park.
“The investors have also committed to provide training for the workers,” he said at the launch of the park in Gebeng here yesterday.
Jebasingam also said the park would position Kuantan as the eastern gateway of Malaysia’s international trade.
“It will have a significant impact on the landscape of our industrial development.
“It will generate substantial economic spin-offs that will benefit the Malaysian business community and the local people of the East Coast Economic Region, especially in Pahang,” he said.
Pahang Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry chairman Datuk Seri Lim Sing echoed Jebasingam’s views, saying that the project would open up ample business potential for local businessmen.
“The ECERDC has told us that we can submit names and it will act as a go-between for discussions with our Chinese counterparts.
“I urge local businessmen to go through the council and take advantage of this golden opportunity,” he said, adding that Chinese businesses had also offered to work together with local industries on the project.
Malaysia-China Friendship Asso­ciation president Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan said MCKIP was a reflection of the strong relationship, trust and partnership between both countries.

Malaysia External Trade Deve­lopment Corporation CEO Dr Wong Lai Sum said she was confident the project would leverage the relationship and boost business communications with China.