KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians aged 40 and below and can speak Mandarin have the opportunity to undergo vocational training at six universities in Taiwan, thanks to MCA-Taiwan cooperation.
The universities are the Chinese Culture University, Feng Chia University, MingDao University, TransWorld University, I-Shou University and National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said 300 selected students could go for the training under the ‘Taiwan Vocational Studies’ programme at the universities, with the RM20,000 study fee each, exempted.
“Those eligible for the programme must have basic education such as the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) or Senior Middle 2,” he said after the launching of the programme at Wisma MCA, here, yesterday.
He said the courses offered were Childcare, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Food and Beverages, Furniture Design, and Repair and Maintenance of Computers, Communication Devices and Consumer Household Appliances.
Dr Chua said applications to join the programme opened today until Aug 17. Those selected will attend the two-year programme from the middle of September.
On another matter, he questioned the standards being used by the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) laboratory to run deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests on food items produced by local food suppliers for the export market. “Why Jakim can’t accept tests conducted by independent laboratories,” he asked, adding that Jakim should give valid reasons why certain food products were deemed non-halal.
Dr Chua, who earlier held a dialogue with 10 members of the Malaysian Seafood Industries Association, said he would bring up the matter with the National Economic Council. — Bernama