Posted by: carbonytte | April 20, 2009

Short

Is Malaysia really short of engineers?

If IEM says so, perhaps it is true.

Still, they must take into account the number of engineering jobs available throughout Malaysia.

AFAIK, the candidates:jobs ratio is just not that balance. I mean, in some cases, there are even having >50 applicants for an engineering job. Even mine, received 10 applications, or so my buddy said.

Also, the other problem is the stagnant economic condition in Malaysia. With such bad economic condition, you don’t expect companies to bloom up, they are seeing red instead of blue, thus for sure they will be not hiring many newbies.

This email is in response to an article by The Star Malaysia clipped below.

Monday April 20, 2009

Malaysia short of engineers

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is facing a shortage of engineers, which will impede the country’s development, said Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) president Prof Datuk Chuah Hean Teik.

He said there was a need to train more engineers before the situation became critical, adding that the country would need about 200,000 engineers by 2020.

Currently, there are only 60,000 engineers in the country, Prof Chuah said.

“We should plan ahead and not wait until there is an acute shortage,” he said after IEM’s 50th anniversary dinner and awards night at One World Hotel here on Saturday.

He urged parents to encourage their children to consider engineering as it was a stable career and, additionally, would enable them to branch into other sectors.

“Students who pursue engineering are taught to think analytically and critically.

“This kind of training provides them with skills to go into other careers such as banking, teaching and management,” he said.

At the dinner, former Works Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed was made an IEM Hono- rary Fellow.

The IEM 50th Anniversary commemorative stamp and first-day cover were also unveiled at the dinner and will go on sale today at post offices nationwide.

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