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