70pc of 1,182 work­force in de­vel­op­ment project are Malaysians

New Straits Times - - News -

ISKAN­DAR PU­TERI: Nearly 800 Malaysians make up the work­force at the For­est City de­vel­op­ment project.

This is about 70 per cent of the more than 1,100 work­force, a trend that will be sus­tained in the 20-year de­vel­op­ment pe­riod to com­plete the world-class smart and green city.

For­est City mas­ter de­vel­oper Coun­try Gar­den Paci­ficview (CGPV) Sdn Bhd ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Datuk Md Oth­man Yu­sof said all this would ben­e­fit lo­cal skilled and pro­fes­sional work­ers. The fig­ure would dis­pel claims that there were only Chi­nese cit­i­zens hired for the project, which was led by a Chi­nese de­vel­oper, he said.

These Malaysians took home mar­ke­trate salaries and en­joy a slew of ben­e­fits rang­ing from ac­com­mo­da­tion to meals, and were part of the world’s first smart green city project, Oth­man added.

“What is grat­i­fy­ing is that those who had gone abroad to work are com­ing back be­cause of the For­est City project.

“Team work, the pas­sion to em­brace chal­lenges and de­liver qual­ity work are the cri­te­ria of work­ing in this com­pany.

“For­est City will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the state and coun­try through job op­por­tu­ni­ties and eco­nomic growth,” he said in an in­ter­view at For­est City.

Oth­man said the com­pany had a staff of 1,182 work­ers and was pro­ject­ing 220,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties in its 20-year de­vel­op­ment.

Nusa­jaya as­sem­bly­man Dr Zaini Abu Bakar said Johor folk would ben­e­fit from the melt­ing pot of ex­per­tise that For­est City would bring as the mega project at­tracted the best Malaysian brains and skilled work­ers.

“The peo­ple must de­velop them­selves by en­hanc­ing their skills.

“When the project first started, the com­pany could not find skilled work­ers and they had to get skilled work­ers from over­seas.

“But as Johor folk built up their skills and pos­sess the skills that meet the de­mands of the com­pany, CGPV be­gan grad­u­ally rop­ing in these work­ers, who will even­tu­ally make up the ma­jor­ity of the work­force in For­est City,” said Dr Zaini.

Datuk Md Oth­man Yu­sof

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