KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and its Chinese partner China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCC) will embark on a recruitment roadshow from December to tap local talents for the 640-km East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.
MRL, in a statement today, said the ECRL project seek to recruit professionals, skilled workers and general workers.
The construction of the rail infrastructure also offers job opportunities in various disciplines including engineering and construction, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), health, safety and environment (HSE), as well as commercial, public relations and administration.
“The recruitment roadshow is in line with ECRL’s role as a catalyst for economic equality between the west coast and east coast of the peninsula. Hence, we take this opportunity to highlight to Malaysians that there are ample job offers via the ECRL project which prioritises a local workforce.
“We also encourage Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia and Sijil Kompetensi Kemahiran certificate holders in the construction field to apply,” MRL added.
MRL chief executive officer Datuk Seri Darwis Abdul Razak said Malaysians in particular those with interest in the construction or railway industry could leverage on the recruitment roadshow to develop a career with ECRL project, adding that various positions including those for immediate hire would be appealing to fresh graduates, unemployed graduates or certificate holders among others.
“We will use various platforms including social media channels to reach out to professionals, skilled workers, and general workers in Malaysia to join the ECRL project that would enable them to embrace the most efficient construction methods and the latest rail technology from China,” he said.
Darwis said the ECRL project was optimistic of employing the optimum number of Malaysians that would help facilitate the completion of its rail network by end-2026, with 70 per cent of the 23,000 workers having been designated for Malaysians.
“This recruitment roadshow provides an avenue for local talents to truly understand the ECRL project’s scale and the vast job opportunities it presents. The ECRL project is set to create more jobs for the local community during project construction phase, and an additional 4,000 jobs during its operation and maintenance phase,” said CCC.
The company added: “Among our flagship initiative in developing and upskilling local talents is through the East Coast Rail Link Industrial Skills Training Programme (PLKI-ECRL), which will be resumed to benefit more than 5,000 talents in railway construction and railway operation and maintenance. We sincerely welcome more talents who have passion for railway work and would like to be part of Malaysia’s game-changing mega-project.”
The roadshow will first take place in areas positioned along the 223-km Dungun to Mentakab mainline as the project’s construction works to be expanded from 17 locations to 27 locations along the stretch by year-end would require adequate supply of manpower in the near term.
It will kickoff at the East Coast Mall in Kuantan, Pahang on December 5-8.
It will continue covering destinations along the ECRL rail network in the east coast states and the Klang Valley throughout 2020.