MEF: End of HRDF levy con­tri­bu­tion’s a good move

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion (MEF), an op­po­nent of the Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment Fund (HRDF) wel­comed the move to end the pool fund pro­gramme.

Pres­i­dent Datuk Sham­sud­din Bar­dan said em­ploy­ers pre­ferred for all levy con­tri­bu­tions be avail­able for use for train­ing of their re­spec­tive em­ploy­ees.

“There is no need for an al­ter­na­tive to the con­sol­i­dated fund.

“What the HRDF can do from now is to al­low the em­ploy­ers to use the funds that they had con­trib­uted to train their own em­ploy­ees in­stead of con­tribut­ing that 30% to some other ac­count that might not even be utilised for their em­ploy­ees train­ing.

“So now it should be 100% used for the con­trib­u­tors’ em­ploy­ees’ train­ing,” said Sham­sud­din.

He sug­gested that HRDF al­low con­tri­bu­tions to be utilised for cer­ti­fied train­ings so that the em­ploy­ees can go for the Malaysian Skills Cer­tifi­cate (SKM) scheme.

“By do­ing this, em­ploy­ees can have a cer­tifi­cate to show for the skills that they ob­tained from their com­pany,” he said.

Past chair­man and com­mit­tee mem­ber of dig­i­tal skills sec­to­rial train­ing of HRDF Im­ran Ku­nalan said the con­sol­i­dated fund could as­sist in mak­ing lo­cal talents ready with global cer­ti­fi­ca­tions lead­ing to bet­ter pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­come.

He said that the fund also en­sured that there is a ded­i­cated train­ing al­lo­ca­tion for em­ploy­ees, adding that a large num­ber of com­pa­nies ei­ther do not have a train­ing fund, or would slash it to save com­pany bud­get.

“In­stead of just re­mov­ing the pool fund, I be­lieve that the min­istry and the HRDF should fo­cus on the man­age­ment.

“If you ask if the pool fund is needed, I would say yes,” said Im­ran.

He said that based on his ex­pe­ri­ence in the com­mit­tee, there was no is­sue of friv­o­lous or un­nec­es­sary pro­grammes be­ing con­ducted by the HRDF.

The com­mit­tee had a struc­tured process of rec­om­mend­ing which train­ing pro­grammes should be rolled out and this was done af­ter proper re­search was car­ried out on the skill sets needed by em­ploy­ees.

Mov­ing ahead: (From left) HRDF board di­rec­tor J. Rasamy Manikkam, GOC chair­man Tan Sri Re­becca Sta Maria, Ku­lasegaran, HRDF board di­rec­tor Datuk Quah Thain Khan and HRDF chief ex­ec­u­tive Elan­jelian Venu­gopal at the town­hall meet­ing. By FATIMAH ZAINAL fatimah@thes­

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