Sabah injects RM6 million to retrain young people affected by job losses

KOTA KINABALU: RM6mil economic package has been placed under the direction of the state Human Resources Development Department to help young people made redundant and those who have lost their sources of income due to the Covid-19 pandemic, says Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor(Photo).

The chief minister said the package was part of initiatives taken by the state government to overcome unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has caused not only economic hardship, but also social, health and various other issues that have affected youth and human capital development,” Hajiji said during his special address at the “Bridging” virtual conference the Skills Gap ”from Minds for Malaysia (M4M). organized by MyProdigy Malaysia on Saturday October 9th.

As such, he said, as part of the 2021 state budget, the state specifically allocated RM 22.96 million to organize courses and vocational training for young people in the fields of technology, technique and commerce.

“We have also allocated 55 million RM to students who pursue studies in courses related to skills and technical and vocational education and training (TVET),” he said, adding that the federal government had also took various initiatives allocating 35 billion RM to alleviate the difficulties encountered by the populations within the framework of the National Economic Recovery Plan or Penjana.

He said Penjana’s initiatives included the wage subsidy program to promote employee retention and reduce layoffs, hiring assistance and training for companies to encourage the hiring of employees in offering financial incentives to employers and retraining and development programs aimed at improving employability.

Hajiji said youth unemployment in Malaysia was a growing concern, especially in Sabah, where young people made up the majority of the semi-skilled and low-skilled categories.

“Like most countries in the world, Malaysia faces the challenges of educating and employing its young people who should be productive individuals in order to contribute to the development of a nation.

“If youth unemployment remains high and prolonged, the long-term negative impact on families, society, communities and the nation would be damaging,” he said, adding that the labor market was increasingly becoming more selective and competitive.

He urged young people, especially new graduates, to be dynamic and proactive in incorporating multitasking into their experience.

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