KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, The pledge to create one million job opportunities in Pakatan Harapan’s (PH’s) manifesto for the 14th general election is no empty talk, said Human Resource Minister, M Kula Segaran.

He said, the government was capable of delivering on the promise but currently was facing the problem of insufficient manpower.

“The problem is not the figure or job availability, the problem is full employment, as the unemployment rate is only 3.4 percent. There is a shortage of workers, efforts are being taken to increase the pool of skilled workers, as this will raise the nation’s income.

“Raising the minimum wage (MW) to RM1,500 is a policy of the government, which certainly can be achieved in five years’ time. The first step has been taken, which is raising the MW from RM1,000 to RM1,100, effective Jan, 2019,” he said, during the Question-and-Answer session in the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament), today.

The minister was replying to a supplementary question from Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datuk), who wanted to know if the government would keep its promise of creating a million job opportunities, with the minimum pay of RM2,500, as contained in the PH manifesto.

Among the programmes implemented to tackle this issue were upgrading the JobsMalaysia portal, job matching schemes, holding job fairs and walk-in-interviews, he said.

As for retrenchment, the minister noted that, from Jan 1 to Sept 30, this year, 15,903 workers lost their jobs, saying, the figure was about half for the same period in 2017, which saw 31,945 workers let go.

He was responding to Ahmad Zahid’s original question on graduate unemployment and retrenchment of workers.

Source: NAM News Network