Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made a statement to the press that Malaysian government has approved 19 more entry point projects under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). The projects would generate almost RM67 billion in investments (RM1 equals to 10 Baht in average) in gross national income and create 35,000 new jobs.
The prime minister revealed more19 entry point projects which would come from 10 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) namely oil, gas and energy, agriculture, business services, tourism, electronics and electrical, education, healthcare, communications content, wholesale and retail and infrastructure, agriculture, and Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley. Gist as follows;
1. Oil, gas and energy Project is regarded as a main project that government specifically focused on since it
generates RM 20.1 billion in investments. This project focuses on supplying oil and natural gas resource to support a higher demand of oil and natural gas, enhance and expand and construct the infrastructures for operating oil and natural gas manufacturing project which is anticipated that it could create jobs in construction sector for more than 6,650 positions. (the project will be launched in 2013 and end up within 2020) The contracting parties of this project are Exxon Mobile and Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd which will jointly cooperate in exploring oil resource. Also, Shell Malaysia and Dialog Group Bhd will be responsible for construction and oil storage hub respectively. It could generate employment up to 1,650 positions.
2. Business services Project; it costs RM 671.6 million of investment in which there are 3 contracting parties namely MyTelehaus, CSF Group and Teliti International helping Malaysia close in on the aspiration to increase sales of data centre floor space
3. Agriculture ; it plans to launch a project of High-Value Herbal Plantation and herbal extracted drugs which is presently in demand of the market. It is expected to create jobs for 285 positions.
4. Healthcare; there will be a project of expanding hospitals, research center and, medical institution center of Universiti Malaya Health Metropolis which would be finished by 2020 with anticipation of 10,400 job positions required.
5. Tourism; Teluk Datai Resorts Sdn Bhd pl expansion and upgrading of The Datai Hotel and the golf ans to develop 300 acres of land in Langkawi to be tourist attraction and expansion and upgrading of The Datai Hotel and the golf course. Also, there will be the construction of a Pulau Gaya Resort in Sabah with a spa village and spacious hillside and sea-front villas. It is likely to recruit employees for many positions. The contracting parties of this project are Teluk Datai Resorts Sdn. Bhd. And YTL Corporation Berhad.
6. Electrical and Electronics; there will be a construction of a new solar facility in Malacca to generate more than 1,400 megawatts of high-efficiency solar cells annually ( the project will be finished by 2012) with job potential for 4,069 positions required.
7. Education; there will be a project upgrading unskilled workers through road shows and a skills competition in which Department of Skill Development of Malaysia will be in charge.
8. Communication content and infrastructure; there will be a project distributing Malaysian content to local and international hotels including in the middle east, Thailand and Indonesia
9. Greater KL/ Klang Valley; Integrated development in Pusat Bandar Damansara. A 300-room hotel and service apartment will be constructed. The contracting party of this project is Guocoland Malaysia Berhad
Office of Labour Affairs in Malaysia views that in each project, Malaysia needs to hire foreign workers including Thai workers. Office of Labour Affairs will keep on closely following up the progress of human resource operation plan of each project.
Officer of Labour Affairs in Singapore was informed that Thai people presently travel as a tourist and find a job in Singapore. If they get job, they would stay