Malaysia aims to train new generation of tech leaders

PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the country’s technology-based agencies and companies must be headed by leaders who are technical professionals.
By: | December 9, 2020

As such, the government is aiming to raise more policymakers and leaders who are technical professionals so that the country’s strategic goals can be aligned with developments in technology.  

And to do this, it plans to build the foundation from early education. “For a start, the government is striving to strengthen the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) graduates,” said Prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“School students and youth need to be encouraged to make this field their future career choice, not only to meet the country’s industrial future, but to produce a viable technical profession in line with global developments, especially the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0),” he added in a special address in conjunction with the National Technical Profession Day celebration today, aired on RTM’s “Selamat Pagi Malaysia” programme. 

The prime minister said the jobs of the future will be in the technical field, and graduates from technology-related fields will be highly sought after, according to New Straits Times. 

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He added that Malaysia has many world-class technology-based companies such as Petronas, the UEM Group, Pharmaniaga Berhad, Telekom Malaysia, Celcom, Maxis, and many more, where the majority of employees are in the technical profession. 

This is no coincidence as the government has consistently planned for many years to cultivate a skilled technical professional workforce, he said.