PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Government is succeeding in its target to create 500,000 jobs by 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic that has caused serious health and economy crisis across the nation and all over the world.
As of 23 April 2021, a total of 150,597 job seekers have successfully obtained employment through 12 programs implemented by the Government, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yasin said yesterday.
“This success exceeded the cumulative projections as of April 2021.
“The government’s efforts to increase investment in the country have successfully created 33,907 new jobs and 76% of them are in the skilled and semi -skilled categories. This is part of the target of 160,000 new jobs as a result of investment commitments for 2021, ” he added.
Muhhyiddin said this after chairing a virtual meeting with the National Employment Council (NEC) on the Employment Retention and Creation initiatives under the Economic Recovery Plan, job placement initiatives, and new job creation through investment commitments have surpassed the set targets.
The meeting was also briefed on employment issues and challenges in the informal sector.
“As a result of the 6,202 engagement programs conducted, the number of self -employed persons (OBS) including Gig employees who received Social Protection from SOCSO has shown an increase from 71,000 in 2019 to 81,000 people (2020) and most recently 142,000 people (2021).
“Grab Malaysia has presented a strategy to strengthen the domestic economy through the digitalization process,” Muhyiddin said in a statement.
The four proposed pilot programs are capable of providing more than 35,000 income-generating opportunities for e-hailing jobs, the disabled, traders in public markets and food and beverage (F&B) enterprises.
The meeting also took note of the difficulties of the disabled and vulnerable in gaining access to income generation opportunities.
In this regard, the NEC has asked the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and Local Authorities (PBT) to review measures including legal provisions to ensure that the initiative can be carried out promptly, he added.
The meeting was also informed that the UP Career Program, which was launched on April 12, specifically for the urban poor and hardcore poor, had successfully helped 489 applicants get jobs immediately.- Malaysia World News