Transport minister announces new initiatives with HRD Corp


THE Transport Ministry (MOT) is undertaking a series of proactive measures including enhanced cooperation with industry players and leveraging resources from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRD Corp), to combat the pressing issue of driver shortages.

Its minister Anthony Loke (picture) said MOT is setting up joint training initiatives that not only improve driving skills but also foster a sense of pride and professionalism among drivers.

He spoke to the press at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2024 at the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) today.

This initiative aims to attract more individuals to the profession by offering better training and development opportunities, thus ensuring road safety and efficiency in Malaysia’s public transport system.

Loke emphasised the need for a paradigm shift in the perception of bus or truck driving from a low-skilled occupation to a recognised profession.

He also stressed on the critical responsibilities that drivers hold.

“Driving a truck or a bus is a high-skill job that requires as much responsibility as piloting an aeroplane. 

“We must start treating our drivers with the professionalism they deserve,” Loke asserted. 

He emphasised that the government is actively working to elevate the status of bus drivers, ensuring they are seen and respected as professionals within the society.

On the other hand, Loke said the success of Malaysia’s transportation sector is pivotal in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and sustaining economic growth, 

He added that the crucial role of industry stakeholders in driving the nation’s economy.

The MCVE, which has become a significant event for the commercial vehicle industry, sees multiple brands launching new vehicles and services. 

This year it offers attendees unprecedented access to influential figures, vital information, and innovative brands, providing them with resources to enhance their business operations.

He encouraged attendees to engage openly with government representatives about their concerns and ideas, aiming to foster a collaborative approach to addressing industry challenges and enhancing service delivery.