The human resources ministry has been quoted as saying that the target is to have 37% skilled workers by 2015, which will ensure Malaysia reaches the goal to be a developed nation by 2020. One sector of particular highlight is construction, with Master Builders Association Malaysia outlining the acute shortage of skilled workers. Oil and Gas is a major income earner for Malaysia and needs 40,000 skilled workers by 2015. Malaysia is at crossroads where skilled manpower is concerned. There is an acute shortage of skilled workers in just about every industry. This has been the situation for more than 20 years and the quick and convenient solution has been to import foreign labour. There is great demand for technical skills specifically in the area of engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications, renewable energy, oil and gas as well as information technology.
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