Chinese firm behind ECRL in major recruitment drive for local workers

PETALING JAYA: The Chinese firm behind the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will embark on a major recruitment drive for local workers next month, seeking to employ some 16,100 Malaysians for the 640km rail project.

Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL) said they were seeking professionals, skilled workers, and general workers from various disciplines including engineering, administration and construction.

MRL and CCC-ECRL also said the roadshow would kick off at the East Coast Mall in Kuantan, Pahang from Dec 5 to Dec 8 and continue covering destinations along the ECRL rail network in the east coast states and the Klang Valley throughout 2020.

“We take this opportunity to highlight to Malaysians that there are ample job offers via the ECRL project which prioritises a local workforce. We also encourage Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) and Sijil Kompetensi Kemahiran (SKK) certificate holders in the construction field to apply,” they said in a statement.

The RM44 billion project which connects Kelantan to the Klang Valley is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026.

CCC-ECRL also said the recruitment drive would provide an avenue for local talents to understand the scale of the project and the job opportunities it offers.

“The ECRL project is set to create more jobs for the local community during the construction phase, and an additional 4,000 jobs during its operation and maintenance phase,” it said.

MRL CEO Darwis Abdul Razak said Malaysians, in particular those with an interest in the construction or railway industry, could leverage the recruitment roadshow to develop a career with the ECRL project.

He encouraged fresh graduates, unemployed graduates or certificate holders to apply.