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Amidst news that 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh will be brought to Malaysia, Perodua will not change its policy of employing only Malaysians. This was said by Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh at the MoU signing between Perodua and PERDA yesterday, in response to questions from the media.

Aminar explained that other than a small group of Japanese expat engineers and managers from partner Daihatsu, the company’s payroll is fully local, and it will remain so.

Under the MoU, the Penang Regional Development Authority (PERDA) will offer its PERDA-TECH facility to Perodua for the latter to use as a technical training centre, as well as accommodation for Perodua’s trainers in the northern region. Perodua will supply training material such as electronics, machines and training cars – just like in a Perodua service centre – to be shared with PERDA-TECH, which has automotive certificate and diploma courses.

With the carmaker’s input (its trainers will train PERDA’s trainers) and the provision of industrial training for PERDA’s students, the youths will acquire skills that are tailored to the industry’s needs. Perodua has the first right of refusal in the hiring of PERDA-TECH graduates.