TWI collaboration with Malaysian government to train ex-military personnel

TWI collaboration with Malaysian government to train ex-military personnel

TWI has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Malaysian governmental organisation, pledging to provide welding training to former servicemen in the country.

The MoU between TWI South East Asia and PERHEBAT was signed at a special event held at the end of September in Desaru, Pengerang, during a meeting of the Pengerang local parliament.

PERHEBAT was set up in 1994 to provide training opportunities for former armed services personnel in Malaysia. The MoU represents commitment from the two organisations to work together to deliver welder training in Pengerang, where skilled welders are in strong demand due to an ongoing $16 billion refinery construction project from Petronas, set for completion in 2019.

Government representatives at the event included the Malaysian Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, and the Member of Parliament for Pengerang, Dato' Sri Azalina binti Othman Said.

They were joined by the chairman of PERHEBAT, Lieutenant General Datuk Abdul Aziz bin Ibrahim, who signed the MoU with TWI SEA Dietmar Kok.

Both government ministers gave speeches in which they paid tribute to TWI SEA’s status as a world leader in welding training, expressing enthusiasm about the collaboration. The ceremony was followed by a televised press conference, giving TWI SEA’s Dietmar Kok an opportunity to discuss welder training provision with the government ministers present.

The first training programme to be delivered under the MoU will be a four-month shielded metal arc welding scheme. Other training under consideration includes underwater welding and inspection.

TWI SEA has a long-standing relationship with PERHEBAT, having previously signed a similar MoU in 2011.

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