Malaysia needs more workforce on border reopening

This is because the sector is critical for Malaysia, as a trading country, to ensure the trade and business activities running

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by TMR FILE

THERE will be greater demand for talent to fill jobs in the aviation, logistics and hospitality sector in light of the reopening of international borders and the recovery of the aviation industry.

AirAsia X Bhd chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (picture) said higher learning institutions must meet the growing need within the maritime and wider logistic ecosystem, and strive to build graduates with good quality to ensure the success in the industry.

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“The players and educators need to transform education, nurturing skillful graduates who are resilient, future proof and able to compete on a global level,” she said Meritus University’s graduation ceremony. The university is under Halim Mazmin Group’s education division.

She also emphasised that the government must maintain the usage of English language in the education system, especially in maritime, aviation and business sectors to expand globally.

“To remain relevant and compete in regional and global businesses, English is key, and we cannot go back in time and reverse the whole system just because we want to preserve the national identity,” she said in a press conference.

“Instead of strengthening the national language, we should think of giving more options to expose the public to other foreign languages.”

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Meanwhile, Halim Mazmin director and founder Tan Sri Halim Mohammad said as a trading country, this sector is critical for Malaysia to ensure the trade and business activities running.

“Therefore, we need enough manpower to sustain that and attract more young talent to venture into the industry.

“The education system also must meet the needs and provide a holistic education to create a future-ready and proven talent for the industry,” he added.

He encourages school leavers to discover the opportunities in the aviation sector, hospitality and maritime await them at Meritus University and Meritus College.

The group celebrated its maiden graduation yesterday, honouring 122 students from the group education arm comprising Meritus University, Meritus College and HM Aerospace (pilot training programme).

“Majority of our graduates today have successfully completed their training and become sought after among employers in their respective industries.”

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He added that, in the field of aviation, most of the graduates have been accepted by airlines around the globe apart from Malaysia Airlines Bhd and AirAsia Bhd.

According to Halim, the maritime industry plays an important role in the country’s economy and contributes about 40% to Malaysia’s GDP.

“There are about 160,000 job opportunities under the country’s five-year Maritime Industry Master Plan 2017-2022,” he concluded.