Rail Industry Academy hopes PLKI-ECRL Programme will continue

KUANTAN (June 13): The Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)’s Rail Industry Academy (RIA) hopes the related parties will continue with the East Coast Rail Link Industrial Skills Training Programme (PLKI-ECRL).

Its director Dr Fadzil Mat Yahaya said the decision to resume the programme should be given due consideration now that the government has decided to continue with the implementation of the ECRL project with changes in cost and routes.

He said the programme, implemented since 2017, was also specially designed to provide exposure that complies with ECRL’s development needs to local youth.

“This project provides opportunities for young people to engage in high-impact projects and learn new knowledge of the rail industry as well as to produce professionals and highly skilled workers in the field.

“We are still waiting for the decision from the sponsors of the programme, namely the Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and China Communication Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), which are the main contractors of ECRL,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Fadzil said before the programme was halted at the request of the contractors following the government's decision to review the ECRL project, a total of 447 trainees had successfully completed their training.

“If there is a need from the contractors to continue the programme, the RIA was ready to implement it based on industry’s current needs.

“The academy is currently in the midst of planning its future directions by looking for opportunities for training that can be offered in this industry based on requirements,” he said.

Meanwhile, the MRL in a statement said they were reviewing the objectives and syllabus of the PLKI-ECRL programme in an effort to reach out to more youths but declined to elaborate on its status.

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