Govt to re­view role of Job­sMalaysia cen­tres so they could be in­ter­ac­tive, ef­fec­tive and cus­tomer-friendly


JOB­SEEK­ERS should mark May 20 on their cal­en­dars as a huge em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity is com­ing their way. Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day an­nounced the gov­ern­ment would hold mega job fairs at all 11 Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tres and four Job­sMalaysia cen­tres na­tion­wide.

“We ex­pect about 20,000 jobs will be up for grabs, of­fered by 300 em­ploy­ers.”

Na­jib added the gov­ern­ment would re­view the role of Job­sMalaysia cen­tres so they could be more in­ter­ac­tive, ef­fec­tive and cus­tomer-friendly as part of the ef­fort to em­power pub­lic em­ploy­ment agen­cies, which was one of the five core ar­eas of its trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives.

The other four were pri­ori­tis­ing work­ers’ wel­fare; op­ti­mis­ing hu­man cap­i­tal, strength­en­ing pol­icy plan­ning and the wage sys­tem; en­abling tech­ni­cal, vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion train­ing (TVET); and, ex­pand­ing the scope of so­cial se­cu­rity cov­er­age.

“We also want the Job­sMalaysia cen­tres to play an ac­tive role in job match­ing be­tween work­ers and em­ploy­ers,” he told some 5,000 strong crowd at the Na­tional Labour Day cel­e­bra­tion here themed “Cre­ative Work­ers, In­no­va­tion Mak­ers”.

Based on a re­port en­ti­tled “Fu­ture of Jobs: Em­ploy­ment, Skills and Work­force Strat­egy for the Fourth In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion” by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum (WEF), the prime min­is­ter said there was a need to pre­pare Malaysia to face changes that would greatly af­fect its work­ers.

“There will be creation of new jobs that do not ex­ist to­day and job dis­place­ments will oc­cur.

“The WEF re­port has stated that 65 per cent of the world labour force, about 7.1 mil­lion jobs, will be dis­placed be­tween 2015 and 2020 due to re­dun­dancy, au­to­ma­tion and dis­in­ter­me­di­a­tion. We must pre­pare the coun­try and the peo­ple from now to face such changes.”

To raise the dis­abled’s mar­ketabil­ity and skills, the prime min­is­ter yes­ter­day kick­started the OKU Tal­ent En­hance­ment Pro­gramme (OTEP).

Na­jib also thanked Sen­to­ria Group Bhd and My­din Mo­hamed Hold­ing Bhd for hir­ing 88 and 66 dis­abled work­ers, re­spec­tively.

Cit­ing the suc­cess story of dis­abled busi­ness­woman Nooraz­izah Muham­mad Zam­bri, Na­jib praised her de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­cess­fully sell car fra­grance and per­fumes us­ing a grant of RM52,000 from the OKU Busi­ness In­cen­tive As­sis­tance Scheme. Nooraz­izah had also hired seven dis­abled work­ers.

Na­jib en­cour­aged em­ploy­ers to adopt the Pro­duc­tiv­ity-Linked Wage Sys­tem (PLWS) as it would ad­dress the in­come gap and strengthen the salary sys­tem in the pri­vate sec­tor.

“Nearly 81,000 em­ploy­ers have adopted the PLWS as of April, which in­volve about 3.5 mil­lion work­ers. We hope to achieve the tar­get of 85,000 em­ploy­ers us­ing PLWS that will ben­e­fit about 3.7 mil­lion work­ers by 2020.”

Na­jib also urged em­ploy­ers to use the Na­tional Wage In­dex (NWI) once it is ten­ta­tively ready by July.

The NWI will act as a bench­mark for em­ploy­ers to de­ter­mine the salary level of their work­ers by match­ing their qual­i­fi­ca­tions, skills and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The prime min­is­ter was also up­beat by the grow­ing num­ber of women in the work­force, which saw an in­crease of 45.8 per cent in 2006, to 54.3 per cent last year.

He said the gov­ern­ment would con­tinue work­ing with the pri­vate sec­tor to pro­vide a con­ducive work­ing environment, in­clud­ing ma­ter­nity and pa­ter­nity leave, and lauded Malayan Bank­ing Bhd for its de­ci­sion to al­low its fe­male staff to take ma­ter­nity leave up to one year.

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