Zahid: Pre­pare for jobs now as we will be­come avi­a­tion hub in 10 years

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

LANGKAWI: Malaysia can be­come a dom­i­nant player in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try in 10 years.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said yes­ter­day said Malaysia would be a hub for the in­dus­try in 10 years, and that this called for the coun­try to have a fu­tur­is­tic plan to pre­pare its hu­man cap­i­tal for the market.

He said this in­cluded main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul (MRO), which fell un­der the cat­e­gory of “dirty, dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous jobs”.

“The ground han­dling field must have a plan be­cause in the near fu­ture, Malaysia will be a hub for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

“We gath­ered this from the fact that by the end of this Lima (Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aerospace Ex­hi­bi­tion 2017) the to­tal value of con­tracts that will be signed would be no less than RM9 bil­lion,” he said at the launch of In­ter­na­tional Col­lege of Yayasan Me­laka Langkawi Avi­a­tion (ICYMLA) here on the side­lines of Lima.

He said the coun­try must seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try and pre­pare its hu­man re­sources plan for the next 30 years from now.

“We need a fu­tur­is­tic plan for 30 years ahead, es­pe­cially for the MRO sec­tor. Based on trends in Europe and North Amer­ica’s avi­a­tion in­dus­try, there are many other ar­eas that we can and must ex­plore. By 2030, there will be a lot of job de­scrip­tions and po­si­tions that may not even ex­ist now. This is what we must start pre­par­ing for.”

Zahid lauded the col­lege for train­ing hu­man re­sources in the MRO sec­tor.

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