27 i-Star interns to train under industry leaders at 13 firms

Bright minds: Liow and Fernandes taking a wefie with TAR UC students after launching the i-Star Internship Program, the biggest internship project in the country.

Bright minds: Liow and Fernandes taking a wefie with TAR UC students after launching the i-Star Internship Program, the biggest internship project in the country.

KUALA LUMPUR: Learning from the best! Twenty-seven young Malaysians will soon be mentored by some of the best-known captains of industry under the biggest internship project ever launched in the country.

They will spend four to six weeks soaking up the work culture and learning from inspiring leaders.

The participants of the new i-Star Internship Program will be trained at 13 companies under the direct guidance of their respective leaders.

At the launch of the programme by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai yesterday, corporate bigwigs turned up to lend their support.

Among them were AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Fajarbaru Builder Group Bhd non-independent non-executive chairman Tan Sri Kuan Peng Soon, Salcon Bhd executive deputy chairman Tan Sri Tee Tiam Lee, Malindo Air chief executive officer Chandran Rama Muthy, and Star Media Group Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai.

Liow said the new mentoring programme offered young Malaysians the chance to not only work at large corporations in the country but learn from the best in their fields.

“There is no better education than learning directly from prominent corporate leaders,” he told students of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) at its campus here.

“This is the reason why we are having this programme. It allows you to learn, experience and appreciate the hard work, determination and perseverance of the chief executive officers and managing directors,” he said.

Liow, who is also the Transport Minister, noted that some 80% of the essential skills, such as human relations and leadership, could not be learnt in the classroom.

“You must hone your skills in different areas by participating in various activities,” he added.

He also encouraged corporate leaders to practise “reverse mentoring” from the interns, who were brimming with ideas and enthusiasm.

The i-Star Internship Program is organised by TAR UC and Platform to Engage and Empower Rakyat (PEER).

The programme is aimed at inspiring Malaysian youth, including undergraduates and graduates, in their career paths and providing them with invaluable on-the-job training and working-life experiences.

PEER is a non-government organisation that seeks to empower Malaysian youth and university students by leveraging its extensive network of organisations and individuals in supporting youth activities.

For a start, 27 successful candidates will train under the i-Star Internship Program.

Also present at the event were Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon, TAR UC president Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok and PEER chairman Eric Choo.

Source: The Star