By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM
Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL), China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) have agreed to work together in creating industrial training and job opportunities in the local rail industry.
Higher Education (MOHE) Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) Industrial Skills Training Programme (PLKI) is targeted to produce 3,600 trainees who will be employed by CCCC and MRL.
“The programme will create more skilled workers in the rail industry and complement the establishment of the National Rail Centre of Excellence (NRCoE), which will coordinate the quality assurance and accreditation of the national rail education.
“ECRL-PLKI trainees that have completed the programme would be automatically offered employment either by MRL or CCCC, who has allocated RM23 million for this programme,” he said at the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) in Putrajaya yesterday.
The programme, consisting of up to three months of classes and on-site training, provides modules formulated by two China’s universities, namely Beijing Jiaotong University and Southwest Jiaotong University.
Meanwhile, MRL CEO Darwis Abdul Razak said the programme is planned to include more candidates from the east coast with the right qualifications to spur the respective states’ development.
“We plan to have 1,000 trainees particularly from the east coast by the second quarter of 2018,” he said.
The ECRL project is currently at the land acquisition stage in the respective states and has begun to set up the groundwork.
“At the moment, MRL is involved in the land acquisition processes in the east coast, and has commenced soil investigations and set up base camps on multiple sites.
“Together with CCCC, we have completed a roadshow to register sub-contractors in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Selangor, to facilitate the commencement in civil work scheduled for early next year.
“At present, there are 1,045 submissions from engineering and construction companies registered for the project,” he said.