Ali asks for break­down of jobs cre­ated by SCORE

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KRIAN as­sem­bly­man Ali Biju wants the state gov­ern­ment to give a de­tailed break­down of the num­ber of jobs cre­ated by Sarawak Cor­ri­dor of Re­new­able En­ergy (SCORE) and num­ber of Sarawakians who have ben­e­fit­ted from this mega-pro­ject.

He said pre­vi­ous speeches had re­peat­edly re­minded the au­gust House that the much-touted SCORE would cre­ate two mil­lion jobs in Sarawak.

He said if in­deed SCORE did cre­ate em­ploy­ment and be­come the main cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic growth of the state, then Sarawakians should not be made to wait till they see SCORE em­power Sarawakians eco­nom­i­cally.

Ali also asked the gov­ern­ment on how they would rec­on­cile the small num­ber of job va­can­cies with the huge num­ber of un­em­ployed job­seek­ers in the labour mar­ket to­day.

He not­edthe­gov­ern­ment in­sisted that labour mar­ket con­di­tions were ex­pected to re­main favourable while the fig­ures sim­ply did not add up.

Fur­ther­more, he said, the Civil Ser­vice has an­nounced min­imis­ing new in­takes, which means min­i­mal ap­pli­ca­tions will be en­ter­tained.

“It is clear that jobs will not in­crease, and this will lead to fur­ther ag­gra­vat­ing the un­em­ploy­ment is­sue which is es­pe­cially plagu­ing the youth of Sarawak,” he said when de­bat­ing the state bud­get.

Ali pointed out that the state’s of­fi­cial fig­ures showed that job va­can­cies re­ported was 40,915, which was mainly in the agri­cul­ture, con­struc­tion, and man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tors.

He, how­ever, said the Statis­tics Depart­ment recorded that in 2016, there were 169,527 job ap­pli­ca­tions, of which 40,834 were from grad­u­ates who ap­plied for jobs in the State Civil Ser­vice.

Ali also asked the gov­ern­ment to up­date the au­gust House on the al­lo­cated bud­get for the Bukit Sadok Agropoli­tan Pro­ject which cov­ers an es­ti­mated area of 295,571 hectares cov­er­ing Sri Aman, Be­tong and Sarikei di­vi­sions.

He in­quired if this pro­ject would be im­ple­mented us­ing the RM223 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion an­nounced by the Chief Min­is­ter when tabling the state bud­get.

“Fur­ther, a task force was formed to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of the mega-pro­ject and chart its di­rec­tion, strate­gise busi­ness model and ac­tion plan, as re­ported in this au­gust House on May 16 this year.

“Six months have passed. Can the min­is­ter in charge please kindly give us the cur­rent sta­tus and a com­pre­hen­sive re­port of the Bukit Sadok Agropoli­tan Pro­ject’s task force work?”

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