Ah­mad Husni: Need to trans­form labour force

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

KUALA LUMPUR: Former sec­ond fi­nance min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Husni Hanad­zlah hopes Bud­get 2017 will help strengthen the coun­try’s eco­nomic po­si­tion.

He said Malaysia needed to im­ple­ment a more in­no­va­tive econ­omy and trans­form the man­power into a highly-skilled work­force in or­der for the econ­omy to con­tinue to thrive.

“Malaysia needs to fo­cus on spurring the econ­omy as its cur­rent struc­ture is sti­fling growth and if we con­tinue with the labour­in­ten­sive econ­omy, we will cer­tainly be over­taken by In­done­sia and Viet­nam,” he said.

He was speak­ing to re­porters af­ter open­ing the Asian Fo­rum of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans on Pop­u­la­tion and De­vel­op­ment Malaysia (AFPPD) here yes­ter­day.

Ah­mad Husni, who is also AFPPD pres­i­dent, said the coun­try must trans­form the pro­duc­tion sec­tor and labour skills, as well as boost re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

As former sec­ond fi­nance min­is­ter and mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Tam­bun, Ah­mad Husni said he would take part in the Bud­get 2017 de­bate and voice his opin­ion from his own per­spec­tive.

Thirty mem­bers of Par­lia­ment from 13 coun­tries ex­changed notes on prepa­ra­tions for the Aging World sta­tus by 2030 at the two-day AFPPD. – Ber­nama

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