BANGKOK: The Human Resources Ministry and Works Ministry are confident the country will meet its target of winning 10 gold medals at the ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) 2018 being held from Aug 26 to Sept 5.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar and Deputy Works Minister Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir visited the competition venue at the Impact Arena Convention Centre to give moral support to the Malaysian participants.
“The position of our participants is on par with those of other countries. I believe we can win 10 gold medals as targeted, Mahfuz told Bernama during his visit to the convention centre today.
He said his ministry wanted the skills industry to not only meet the needs of workers but also to be able to produce entrepreneurs.
He said skilled workers need to be more independent, adding that the national education system should focus on entrepreneurial elements.
Mohd Anuar, when met by Bernama, said the Malaysian participants were on track to achieve success at the ASC 2018 in Bangkok.
“I believe we can achieve victory. I see their preparation and they have big potential on par with other countries,” he said.
He said his ministry not only wanted highly skilled workers but also successful entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, team leader Mohd Farith Adnan said the national contingent which comprised 48 participants and 33 specialists are competing in 24 fields including automotive technology, electronics, Internet of Things, car painting, web design and hairdressing.
In the last ASC held in Malaysia in 2016, the national contingent emerged overall champions.--Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd