The government initiated its first of many initiatives to promote human capital development for the rail industry today with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
The MoU between the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Thales, a renowned original equipment manufacturer (OEM), was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault.
The MoU is an effort to address challenges confronting the local rail industry with regard to the supply of competent human capital.
The inaugural MoU vis-à-vis the Rail Centre of Excellence (RCOE) project between MIGHT and Thales, is to provide towards the establishment of the RCOE by way of provisioning specific content for rail signalling and communications for the main line and urban rail – courseware, facilities, train-the-trainer programme and related project management support.
"This is to support the government’s commitment to develop the public transportation system in Malaysia, where one of its critical success factors is having a sufficient supply of skilled and qualified technical workforce for the industry," MIGHT said in a statement.
The RCOE also planned to house and integrate research and development, small and medium enterprises and OEMs production facilities to support the development of the country's rail industry.
"Thales, a member of MIGHT, has expressed serious interest in the long- term development of Malaysia's rail industry and recognises this start by nurturing local talents and transferring all important know-how," said Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, president and chief executive officer of MIGHT.
Meanwhile, Pascale Sourisse, senior executive vice-president of Thales (international development) said they are delighted to support the initiative with their wealth of experience in knowledge transfer across all its areas of expertise.
Over the last 30 years, Thales has provided training for over 5,000 people. The group has a strong presence in the Middle East and more recently in Romania. - Bernama, July 29, 2013