31,000 work­ers laid off in nine months

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 31,000 work­ers na­tion­wide were laid off from Jan­uary to Septem­ber due to the eco­nomic down­turn, Deputy Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Is­mail Abd Mut­talib told the De­wan Rakyat.

He said 54.2% of the to­tal was re­trenched through nor­mal ter­mi­na­tion no­tices, while the rest through vol­un­tary sep­a­ra­tion schemes.

Among the sec­tors worst hit by the re­trench­ment ex­er­cise were fi­nance and in­sur­ance, with more than 17,000 work­ers af­fected, he added.

“This is fol­lowed by the man­u­fac­tur­ing, trans­porta­tion and real es­tate sec­tors. The gov­ern­ment sym­pa­thises with the af­fected em­ploy­ees and has ini­ti­ated var­i­ous mea­sures to as­sist them,” he said in re­ply to a ques­tion by Datin Mas­tura Mohd Yazid (BN-Kuala Kangsar), who asked for the num­ber of em­ploy­ees dis­missed fol­low­ing the world eco­nomic re­ces­sion.

Last year, a to­tal of 44,343 em­ploy­ees were dis­missed from their ser­vices, he said, adding that some­times, ter­mi­nat­ing the ser­vices of work­ers could not be avoided.

As part of the ef­forts to re­hire those who have lost their jobs, the gov­ern­ment would hold job fairs in nine Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tres na­tion­wide on Nov 5, where 280 em­ploy­ers would take part.

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