Un­used funds al­lo­cated: HRDF

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: Hav­ing pre­vi­ously gone back and forth on the fi­nan­cial ac­counts of its dis­con­tin­ued up­skilling pro­gramme, the Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Fund (HRDF) now claims that it has al­lo­cated the un­used bal­ance of the pro­gramme’s funds to sev­eral em­ploy­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions and trade unions.

Pre­vi­ously, HRDF an­nounced through a cir­cu­lar dated Sept 5 that it will be wind­ing down the 1Malaysia Glob­ally Recog­nised In­dus­try and Pro­fes­sional Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (1Malaysi­aGRIP) by Oct 1 af­ter be­ing or­dered by the govern­ment to do so.

This came about af­ter the pro­gramme drew flak from em­ploy­ers over the use of 30% of their to­tal con­tri­bu­tions to fund the pro­gramme along with a match­ing grant from the govern­ment.

How­ever, the fol­low­ing month, the govern­ment agency through an­other cir­cu­lar, an­nounced that the pro­gramme has been phased out due to the full util­i­sa­tion of the fund of RM200 mil­lion al­lot­ted for it.

HRDF now says that it has only used RM170,973,843.38 to train 20,874 par­tic­i­pants, since the in­cep­tion of the pro­gramme in June 2015.

When asked to ac­count for the re­main­ing RM29 mil­lion, HRDF’s cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor G. Sashikala Devi said: “The bal­ance of the fund had been al­lo­cated to 27 em­ploy­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions and unions.”

In a Nov 10 re­port, em­ploy­ers claimed that they were told that the re­main­ing amount of the fund will be re-cred­ited to their in­di­vid­ual ac­counts.

How­ever, HRDF has de­nied hav­ing agreed to such terms.

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