Malaysia’s government programmes create more than 376,000 jobs

More than 376,000 job seekers have successfully been employed through initiatives implemented by the National Employment Council (NEC).
By: | September 27, 2021

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob cited the figures at the third NEC meeting held recently, and said the government is working towards the target of creating 500,000 jobs this year. 

“The achievement supersedes the initial target set for the first nine months of this year that is 354,276 up to September 30. Besides that, the government has also successfully generated more than 97,000 new jobs through domestic investments whereby 76% of them comprised skilled and semi-skilled categories,” he said. 

In addition, the prime minister said the government will implement the National Job Creation Strategic Plan (NJCSP) with support from five specialised task forces under the NEC. 

The goals of the NJCSP will be achieved through six main cores: enhancing cooperation between industries and academia; nurturing talent to meet industry needs; empowering local entrepreneurs to thrive in the current economy; leveraging the “gig economy” with income-generating opportunities in mind; driving the growth of new and modern sectors; and accelerating the adoption of modern workplace practices. 

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He added, “The government is confident that the NEC’s strategy, including the execution of the NJCSP, will ensure the economic recovery momentum continues, while at the same time, address worker shortages in certain sectors, wage issues and employment fairness for the vulnerable,” according to Malay Mail.