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TVET Imperative To Produce Skilled Workforce, Says Tiong Lai, Kuala Lumpur, 30 April 2016 - Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is imperative to produce a skilled workforce, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said vocational professions were key to Malaysia's development from a middle- to high-income nation.

Job opportunities in the sector were expected to reach 1.3 million by 2020, he said in his message in conjunction with Workers Day tomorrow.

Liow, who is MCA president, said this had been a core focus for MCA and the party was committed to raising the bar for vocational training in the country.

"A good case in point was the recent signing of the Vocational Institute Tunku Abdul Rahman (VTAR), an undertaking of MCA, with our nation's local furniture industry," he said.

This collaboration would enable VTAR to train and hone a new generation of skilled master craftsmen, he said, adding that the various VTAR training programmes would contribute significantly to developing a talent pool of highly-skilled craftsmen in the long term.

Liow said another rapidly growing industry which held great opportunities and potential was the logistics sector.

He said the government had launched the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Masterplan and formed an inter-ministerial National Logistics Taskforce to execute the plan.

"Handed by myself and the Ministry of Transport, the NLTF goal is to spur the logistics and transportation sector to achieve greater productivity, connectivity and competitiveness," he said.

Liow urged Malaysians to seize the opportunities available, saying that by transforming our workforce into one that was highly skilled and highly productive, Malaysia would be able to achieve its goal of becoming a developed high-income nation.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, in his message, said the party remained staunch in its call to introduce a 'top up' scheme salary where the pay of Malaysian workers earning less than RM2,500 would be doubled by 2020.

He said the initiative was a branch from the main agenda, which was to double the income of the B40 Group.

"We must endeavour collectively to ensure that Malaysian workers receive what they rightly deserve in workplace, protection, support and treatment conforming to international labour standards.

Mah said the rise of inflation and cost of living were not compensated by a parallel growing income.

He also said that a win-win solution was being sought "that will lead us out of this so-called middle-income trap".


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