Kuala Lumpur, Aug 13 (ANI): Malaysia's Human Resources Minister S. Subramaniam has said that Indian restaurants will mostly have Malaysian, and not Indian cooks.
He said there has been an encouraging response from locals to being trained as cooks under a ministry programme.
"We hope to reduce the number of cooks from India in stages, especially in Indian restaurants, once the first batch of locally-trained chefs graduate," he told reporters after visiting the CQ Tec College here yesterday.
The college received its first batch of 25 trainees for an intensive, six-month programme in June, The Star reported.
Subramaniam said the fees for the trainees were borne by the ministry through the Human Resources Development Fund, adding that they would also receive monthly allowances.
"Once they graduate, they will be able to open their own restaurants," he said, adding that the future was promising for Indian youths of Malaysian origin.
He said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who wanted the ministry to train local chefs and not depend on cooks from India, mooted the idea.
Another training programme undertaken by the ministry was hair styling, to replace barbers from India.
"We want the two sectors (restaurants and hair salons/barber shops) to rely less on foreign workers and employ locally-trained people," he said. (ANI)