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Old August 5th, 2017, 09:08 PM   #261
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EIS will not burden employers, says economist
By Bernama - August 5, 2017 @ 11:52am



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KUALA LUMPUR: The Employment Insurance System (EIS), which was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat this week, will not burden employers in terms of costs. It will instead support Malaysia to move into the next phase of development if it is implemented next year.

Director of the Social Security Research Centre, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Universiti Malaya, Prof Datuk Dr Norma Mansor, said under the new system, the contributions towards the fund would be made by both employers and employees.

Speaking to Bernama, she said, the insurance scheme would make it cheaper for employers to lay off workers in order to upgrade their technology and automate their businesses compared to the current workers’ protection scheme.

“When we talk about lay-off and the termination benefits, (currently) the responsibility falls on the employers alone and they are supposed to pay an equivalent of 4.5 months of the terminated worker’s salary. And it is only covering workers earning RM2,000 and below.

“The EIS is contributory, where every employee will also have to contribute to the fund. The contribution will go into a pool fund, similar to the Employment Provident Fund (EPF), where this fund is going to be invested
,” she said.

Initially, she said, the insurance scheme may have to use the money from the fund solely, which was injected by the government with a total amount of RM122 million in two phases to pay the benefits for any terminated workers.

She said the insurance scheme, to be managed by the Social Security Organisation (Socso), will be getting bigger and it could benefit many other aspects of the labour market due to investment activities.

Norma expected that in the next five years, the benefit payment towards the terminated employees might only be made using the profits from investments, similar to EPF’s way of paying dividends to its members.

“We have learned from the 1997 crisis that our economy did not pick up to the pre-crisis level after the it recovered between 1998-2008. The National Economy Advisory Council has identified that one of the issues has something to do with the productivity in the labour market.

“(Before this), of the equation, on the employers’ side, it is very costly if they want to fire their workers for automation. It is easier for them to continue business as usual (without automation) or import the labour as it was easy for them to bring in foreign labour,” she added.

Norma said South Korea has already reformed its labour policies in the 1980s.

Under its Labour Protection Policies, when the workers were fired, the employers had enough coverage to paid their workers, she said.

“So, what the government is bringing into the Dewan Rakyat is about reforming our social protection policies as well as reforming the labour market. When the new system is there, is not only protects the workers during the economic crisis but also upgrades for the employers.

“With the EIS, it is cheaper for companies to lay off workers and go for high technology. We are talking about digitalising our businesses. If the government did not come out with the scheme to protect workers, what would happen to them (if being terminated)?” she said.

Norma said that EIS would pay the employees’ salary for six months on the decreasing amount every month in order to prevent abuse of the salaries and the terminated workers needed to prove that they were in the midst of another job searching activities.

The Bill will be tabled for second hearing in the Dewan Rakyat next week. — BERNAMA
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Plasma to help reduce foreign workers: Nasrun
Published on: Sunday, August 06, 2017


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Lahad Datu: The Government remains committed to reducing dependency on foreign workers, particularly in the plantation sector, which brings many risks including social problems to the country.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur said up to May 2017, there were a total of 428,000 oil palm plantation workers, 77 per cent or 328,400 of whom were foreigners.

He said although the plantation sector provided wide employment opportunities, lack of interest among locals forced plantation companies to hire foreign workers.

Hence, the Government through the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has taken the initiative to set up the Malaysian Palm Oil Training Centre (Plasma) as an effort to reduce the dependency.

"It is undeniable that foreign workers have contributed to the development of the plantation sector but the influx also contributes to social problems if not controlled.

According to Nasrun who is also Silam Member of Parliament, Plasma has successfully trained 2,500 people and 75 per cent of them have ventured into the plantation sector, particularly in handling the machinery.

"With the involvement of the Malaysian Plantation and Commodities Institute (Impac) and Plasma, I believe the level of farm machinery utilisation will be improved and further reduce the reliance on foreign workers," he said.

Nasrun said the Government had allocated RM4.5 million under the 11th Malaysia Plan to assist the plantation sector buy machinery with a subsidy of up to 20 per cent.

He said this was among the Government's initiatives to improve the productivity of the country's oil palm plantation sector, adding that the use of machinery will increase the income of farm operators and smallholders.

Meanwhile, Nasrun said 1CSC would provide various services to farmers in the district, such as basic consultation service concerning all commodities, as well as helping them in the application for licence, incentive, aid and training.

The Lahad Datu 1CSC is located in the Anjung Getah building at the MPOB Research Station. - Eifa Rizan
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PETALING JAYA: The “CGC SME Apprentice Scheme” or CGC SAS, is a landmark apprentice scheme by Credit Guarantee Corp Malaysia Bhd (CGC) to provide on-the-job training skills to unemployed Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates.

The CGC SAS focuses on TVET graduates, particularly on developing skills for the current job market besides encouraging them to explore entrepreneurship as a career option.

Under the scheme, CGC will assist unemployed TVET graduates to secure a one-year working engagement at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are involved in the interview process. The apprentice scheme kicked-off in May 2017 and will end in May 2018.


The apprenticeship scheme is different from the rest as CGC will pay 90% of the cost, which include the monthly salaries, employment benefits and statutory contributions while the remaining 10% will be borne by the participating SMEs. In total, CGC will be spending more than half a million ringgit to undertake this apprentice scheme and this is part of its corporate responsibility activity.

Youth and Sports Ministry deputy minister Datuk M. Saravanan launched the scheme here last week.

In his opening remarks, Saravanan said: “Entrepreneurship is the seed that grows jobs. Starting a business increases competition in the market, creates jobs and promotes sustainable growth in the greater economy – all of which are key to tackling youth unemployment.

“Initiatives such as CGC’s SME Apprentice Scheme are in sync with the current manpower needs of the country. Valuable talents must be nurtured and not be limited to a specific group.”

CGC chairman Datuk Agil Natt in his speech said that CGC would contribute to the nation building agenda with particular emphasis on developing human capital for SMEs.

“We think that by providing this training opportunity for TVET graduates, more aspiring students will undertake studies at TVET colleges and eventually become entrepreneurs by starting their own SMEs,” said Agil.

Meanwhile, CGC president and chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zamree Mohd Ishak said: “CGC SAS addresses two most talked about needs – TVET graduates’ need for employment and exposure to become successful entrepreneurs and the SMEs’ needs for skilled workers that matches their respective DNA.

“We really go beyond financing to assist the SMEs and the CGC SAS is testimony of our on-going effort.”

Ten apprentices have already joined the respective participating SMEs in Johor, Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Selangor.

The SMEs are in businesses such as agro-based manufacturer, civil/electrical contractor, construction, green technology, human resource agency, IT solutions, laundry services as well as the oil and gas industry.
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Foreign workers can work till 60
August 15, 2017, Tuesday


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KOTA KINABALU: The age limit for foreigners to work in Sabah has been extended to 60.
However, this is subject to the compliance of other terms such as passing the health check, said Sabah Immigration Department director Musa Sulaiman yesterday.

He added that the age extension applied to all sectors.

Musa also informed that the period of service for foreign workers has been extended to a maximum of 15 years. Previously, the maximum period allowed was 10 years.

The enforcement of the new ruling is immediate, he said.

Musa also said that the Sabah Immigration Department had been carrying out daily operations to flush out illegal immigrants from the state.

He said they had a tagline ‘Hari-Hari Operasi’ or H2O for short, which described their daily activity to nab illegals in Sabah.

From January 1 to July 31, they had already conducted 793 operations altogether.
“We’ve checked 23,563 individuals and arrested 2,738 illegal immigrants. We also nabbed 60 employers for offences under Section 55B of the Immigration Act and Section 55E of the same Act,” he said.

The majority of those apprehended came from the Philippines (1,928 people), followed by Indonesia (726) and Pakistan (64).

The remaining were from India (five), China (four), Thailand (four), Virtnam (three) and others (four).

Meanwhile, the Re-Hiring Sabah 2017, a programme aimed at helping employers to legalise their foreign workers, will end today.

Musa urged employers to use the little time left to legalise their foreign workforce.

He said the response to the programme had been poor and since the start of the programme in February 16, only 1,088 foreign workers were registered. The targeted aim was 50,000 registered foreign workers.

The programme was conducted by Syarikat Inti Padu Technology Sdn Bhd which has its office in Tanjung Aru.

There are no plans to extend the programme,” he said.

Musa added that the majority of those registered were located in Lahad Datu and in the plantation industry.

He reminded employers that it is wrong to employ foreign workers without valid work passes and they could be implicated for it.

“We will study the reasons as to why the response to the programme was not good,” he said.

“Employees are urged to take advantage of the programme prior to it ending.”

Foreign workers could be registered under the programme for all sectors except housemaids, he said.
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By HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN - August 18, 2017 @ 3:11pm


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PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department will be meeting representatives from the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Chief Justice next week to discuss stricter penalties for employers who harbour illegal foreign workers.

Immigration director-general Datuk Mustafar Ali said the department will propose introducing whipping as a penalty for employers who commit the offence.

"We have been having a series of engagements with the people and in their views, they suggested whipping as punishment for employers who refuse to register their foreign workers.

"I hope to bring this up with the AG’s Chambers and Chief Justice," he told reporters after the department's monthly assembly today.

Previously, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed had said that caning was among the penalties imposed on employers, other than compound amount of RM5,000 under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Amendment 2002). However, the punishment was never implemented.

Under Section 55B of the Act, employers found guilty of protecting illegal foreign workers are fined RM50,000 and face a jail term up to 12 months.

Meanwhile, Mustafar said among other matters which will be brought up include expediting case hearings for illegal foreign workers at the Special Court for Illegal Workers, established at the detaining depot.

“Currently, the court only hears one case a week. This number is too small as we now have more detainees at the depot as the department has gone all out to arrest undocumented foreign workers," he said.

Mustafar said the department will also not be extending the deadline for its rehiring and 3-plus-1 programme for employers and illegal workers, which ends on Dec 31.

Similar to the application of Enforcement Card or E-card , he said late applications and pleas for extension will not be entertained.

“I would like to stress again that there will not be any extension. Enforcement will be carried out forcefully to detain those who failed to register.

“People shouldn't wait until the eleventh hour to apply," he said.

He said Ops Mega, which was carried out to track down and detain employers and illegal workers who failed to obtain the E-card, will continue every day, even after Dec 31.

“We will not stop until we register every foreign worker in the country.”

He said employers and foreign workers who wish to stay on and work in Malaysia must take the registration drive seriously.

“They (illegal foreign workers) must know the consequences of being detained and sent back. Foreign workers will be blacklisted from returning to the country,” he added.

The rehiring programme was introduced last year when the government stopped the recruitment of new foreign workers. Illegal foreign workers however can seek to be legalised under the programme, which began on Feb 15 last year.

The 3-plus-1 programme, on the other hand is a voluntarily surrendering of illegal workers. Those who surrender would only be charged a penalty of RM400 instead of paying up to RM5,000 if they were caught by the authorities, Mustafar said.

"Under the 3-Plus-1 programme, they will need to pay a fine of RM400, buy an air ticket and return to their countries of origin. They will also be given a blacklist period, which can be up to five years, where they are barred from entering Malaysia,” he added.

Mustafar said that so far, 164,000 illegal workers have registered for the E-Card while another 495,000 have registered for the rehiring. However, only 129,000 applicants have been successful for the latter category.

“As such, we have some 500,000 workers to register until end of this year,” he added.

The 3-plus-1 programme saw 141,488 illegal immigrants being registered from Jan 4 to yesterday.

"As of last night, we have conducted 9,521 enforcement operations nationwide. A total of 29,665 illegal workers were arrested and 36,102, including those from the depot, have been deported to their country of origin.”
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ACPA to raise local accountants to Asean level
Published on: Wednesday, August 23, 2017


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Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) is encouraging its members to apply for the Asean Chartered Professional Accountant (ACPA) to gain better recognition overseas.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nurmazilah Datuk Mahzan, said that accountants registering for the ACPA must meet certain criteria set by the Asean Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) on Accountancy Services.

So far, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have met the criteria.

"We have received 135 applications thus far.

"This is considered low as MIA currently has over 33,000 members," she told Bernama.

Malaysia had targeted to have more than 60,000 professional accountants by 2020, she added.

Nurmazilah said that by participating at a higher level, the confidence level of other countries towards Malaysian accountants would be boosted as accountancy was not just about audit.

"Accountants are not only needed to conduct transactional processes but more on analysing data and details.

It's not all about the numbers, but also analysing information," she said.

The move to encourage accountants to apply for such recognition is because the Asean MRA is liberalising eight professions including accountancy services.

This is to enhance the mobility of the profession across Asean member states and to facilitate trade in services that offers the best standard of practices.

So far, only three countries have received approval to open applications for ACPA while the other Asean member states are working towards it.

Nurmazilah said with the gates now open, accountants who have more than three years of experience in the field can work overseas particularly within Asean.

"Local talents will look for better opportunity in countries like Singapore with this ACPA.

"However, Malaysia too has great potential to become the hub of accountancy education if our policies enable foreign students to stay here and perform their practical experience before they can be recognised as professional accountants," she said.

On another matter, Nurmazilah said that the MIA was forming a task force on financial literacy to help the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the public at large, to have a better understanding on accountancy and financial management.

"Potentially, we can develop tools such as mobile application (app) to facilitate proper discipline in recording transactions that can flow into the accounting system.

"We want the SMEs to understand better about their own company's financial accounts, and with the development of technology, they should embrace it," she said, adding it hoped to create its own app for everyone to use. – Bernama
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State, federal govt remain committed over co-operative development
28th August, 2017
By NAZRINI BADARUN


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TAWAU: The state government remains committed in helping the federal government in supporting co-operative development not only from a business aspect, but also competent and quality human capital development, said Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

He said this is proven when a training complex known as the Co-operative Excellence Training Centre (Pulakop) in Kinarut, Papar was built on a 15-acre piece of government land.

“I have been informed that since 2003, this training centre has successfully trained over 13,000 cooperative members and Co-operative Commission of Malaysia (CCM) officers in the various fields of co-operative management,” he said when launching the State-level National Co-operative Day 2017 event at Padang Bandaran Tawau.

Musa said in the increasingly challenging competitive economy, the co-operative movement could become an important instrument to shape society to be more proactive and competitive in daily life.

“The effort to strengthen the co-operative movement is necessary to support socio-economic growth as well as ensure fair and just economical distribution through strategic planning,” he added.

“The perception by some parts of society that co-operatives are merely personal credit financing needs to be changed; instead, society must become aware of the important role co-operatives play in business and job opportunities,” he emphasised.

He further added that co-operatives also need to be bold in entering downstream industries to produce value-added products for better returns to its members.

The effort to further improve awareness on co-operatives need to be increased so that co-operatives could recruit members high in caliber and potential to create high impact economical activities besides competing and moving forward, he noted.

At the same time, an efficient, professional and integrity based administrative practice is very important to ensuring that the co-operative’s objectives are achieved besides maintaining the members’ confidence and support.

During the event, Musa presented awards for the best co-operative, co-operator excellence, mock cheque presentation, launched the best 50 profiles in Sabah, and witnessed the signing and document exchange of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Also present at the event were Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism secretary-general, Dato Sri Jamil Salleh; Sabah Assembly Speaker, Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali; Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching; Kalabakan Member of Parliament, Datuk Abd Ghapur Salleh; and assistant ministers as well as local leaders
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More skilled manpower needed to boost tourism industry – Musa
August 30, 2017, Wednesday


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KOTA KINABALU: Despite the fact that Sabah is experiencing positive growth through flow of investments, enhanced economic cooperation and improved trade relations, the increase in the number of hotel rooms is still insufficient to meet the ever increasing tourist arrivals in the State, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman.

“We are still short of hotel rooms, especially in Kota Kinabalu,” Musa said.

He said the number of tourist arrivals for the first half of this year was about 1.8 million, a growth rate of 11 percent compared to the same period last year.

Last year, he said Sabah received tourists to the tune of 3.4 million.

Musa said he had met a leader from mainland China on one occasion, who had wanted to bring in 10,000 people to Kota Kinabalu.

“I say, cannot. If 10,000 (tourists) at one time, there is not enough rooms in hotels and resorts. So I asked him to come in phases, maybe 3,000 people (at one time). So you can see how many people want to come to Sabah.

“We need more hotels and resorts, and of course, skilled manpower. That is what ATI College is providing now,” Musa said, when gracing the 20th convocation ceremony of the college here yesterday.

Earlier in his speech, Musa said the hospitality and tourism industry was a key income generating sector for Sabah.

He said the State government will continue to strive harder to provide the best economic stimuli to boost the industry for it to remain viable for many more years to come.

“However, we cannot do this alone. We need not only the support of the private sector but also skilled and knowledgeable workers such as those who graduate from ATI College,” he said.

In addition, he said the State government will continue with its commitment to the hospitality and tourism sectors, namely, through the Development Agenda or Halatuju and by supporting federal-led initiatives such as the Sabah Development Corridor and Economic Transformation Programme.

“It is crucial for Sabah to stay ahead of the latest trends and needs in the tourism sector for us to remain relevant, and for Sabah to continue offering tourism products that would attract tourists, both from within Malaysia and overseas,” he said.

One of the plans the State government is looking forward to is the Tanjung Aru Eco-Development project which will transform Tanjung Aru into one of the region’s best tourism spots, with the beach and Prince Phillip Park remaining a public space, he said.

“This project will also create quality jobs for our local youths,” Musa assured
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Monday, 4 September 2017 | MYT 8:05 PM
PLCs without women board members to be 'named and shamed'
BY LOSHANA K SHAGAR



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KUALA LUMPUR: Public listed companies (PLCs) which fail to have any women on their boards of directors will be "named and shamed" in a list to be published by the Government next year.

"As of December last year, we have 16.8% of women on the boards of directors of PLCs, so we are still short by 13.2%," Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said at a TN50 dialogue here Monday.

"I have given the warning that next year, we will publish the list of PLCs that do not have women on their boards...we will name and shame these companies.

"I can also threaten by not giving government contracts to the really recalcitrant companies
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"That way, I believe there will be a dramatic change in women representation on boards of directors," said the Prime Minister.

Najib highlighted the progress made by women and their achievements in the past few years.

He said the female labour force had increased to 54.3% last year, from 46.4% when he first took office in 2008.

"As for education, we have 64% of women in public tertiary education institutions as of 2016, compared with 59.7% in 2007.


"These are among the achievements and progress made by Malaysian women that prove the saying 'when women succeed, a nation will also succeed'," he said.

Eighteen women from different target groups spoke of their hopes and aspirations at the dialogue organised by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

The suggestions included the need to increase allocations for women's aid organisations and programmes, as well to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act to re-include the proposed Section 88A on the unilateral conversion of minors.

Najib, in winding-up, said a two-thirds majority was needed in Parliament for the government to push through amendments, including Section 88A, to the Federal Constitution, and this the Government did not have.

He also took the Opposition to task for calling for the abolition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying it would mean a great loss of revenue.

"If you criticise the GST, remember that it is a huge source of government revenue, which will be used for your own benefit.

"Without the RM42bil revenue from GST, our country will come to a standstill and we will have a dysfunctional government.

"The Opposition keeps making promises that it will abolish GST if it comes to power, but I assure you it cannot be done.

"I am the Minister of Finance, I should know it is unrealistic," he said

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- The redevelopment of Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK), at Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz here is poised to transform Chow Kit into a quality educational area for the less fortunate children around the federal capital.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the construction of a new seven-storey academic building and a hostel building for the unique government funded school would see quality education being made available in the area.

"Who can imagine this Chow Kit can be transformed into a potential area for the future of homeless children.

"The seven-storey building, scheduled for completion by November next year and the hostel building by 2020, will provide new shelters for homeless and underprivileged children in the federal city," he said when visiting the construction site of the school redevelopment project here today.

Also present were Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani and Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

In June last year, the Prime Minister during his visit to the school, announced an allocation of RM30 million to build an academic and hostel building to enable students in the school to have better and safer access to education.
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PETALING JAYA: The increasing number of women entrepreneurs is expected to boost their participation rate in the labour market, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said this was in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan which aimed to increase the labour participation rate from 53.6 per cent last year to 59 per cent by 2020.

“I hope that the ‘Empowering the Women’s Economy: Regulators and e-Commerce’ programme organised by the Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd (CGC) and Malay Traders and Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia (Perdasama), will be able to provide a more in-depth understanding of the latest developments in the entrepreneurship industry,” she said.

The text of her speech was read, on her behalf, by Department of Women Development Director-General Datuk Yatimah Sarjiman.

Rohani said the e-commerce industry was the best platform for women to demonstrate their capability in building a career.

“Determination and interest in entrepreneurship via the e-commerce platform would be the catalyst for women to succeed, both locally and globally.

“E-commerce is more flexible in terms of time and space, it saves time and energy, emphasises creative and innovative thinking, and is low-risk,” she said.

Meanwhile, at a press conference later, Yatimah emphasised the importance of having a complete statistical data on Malaysian women’s involvement and achievement in penetrating the global market.

“Having a complete data is important as it helps us to establish the key performance index (KPI) and the action plan.

“The ministry will continue to support women entrepreneurs and will increase our collaborative efforts for the benefit of women’s development, the growth of the family and country’s economy,” she said.

CGC President/Chief Executive Officer Datuk Mohd Zamree Mohd Ishak said since its establishment in 1972, the corporation had issued credit guarantees, loans and funds totaling more than RM63 billion to more than 330,000 small and medium entreprises (SMEs) in Malaysia.

“From that amount, 25 per cent were distributed to women SMEs and this is expected to increase to 30 per cent by end-2018.


“As of end-Aug 2017, CGC had approved 240 applications amounting to RM23.5 million for BizWanita (financing for women entrepreneurs,” he added. — Bernama
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UM, UiTM, UKM make list of world's varsities with most employable graduates
By NURUL AIN HUDA - September 12, 2017 @ 9:19am


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KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysian universities have been ranked among the world’s top 500 higher education institutions in the third edition of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, which was released today.

Leading the trio is Universiti of Malaya (UM), which ranks in the 201 to 250 band.

The other two universities are Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), both of which rank in the 301 to 500 level.

QS Research Director Ben Sowter said the ranking is designed to help prospective students make informed global comparisons when choosing a university.

“These results indicate that universities cannot rely on reputation alone. They also need to ensure that they are committed to innovative teaching methods, proactively forging relationships with businesses, while providing numerous opportunities for students to meet potential future employers,” he added.

QS uses five metrics to calculate this ranking – Employer Reputation; Alumni Outcomes; Partnerships with Employers; Employer-Student Connections and Graduate Employment Rate.

Stanford University takes first place, followed by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Harvard University. These universities are recognised by employers for producing graduates who achieve prestige in their careers.

Cambridge University comes in sixth overall, and Oxford is ranked eighth
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) aims to have 20,000 data professionals by 2020, said its head of strategic partnership, N. Somasundaram.

He said there were currently 6,000 data professionals involved in various MDEC-related programmes.

“We are working with professional training providers and local universities in ensuring a sufficient supply of data professionals,” he told a press conference on the upcoming Big Data Week 2017 in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Somasundaram said this would help Malaysia to achieve its target of becoming Asean’s big data and analytics (BDA) hub by 2020.

Meanwhile, some 3,000 visitors are expected to attend the Big Data Week event, to be held from Oct 2-8 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Event highlights include the Next Big Tech Asia conference and hackathons, as well as a number of other activities which aims to increase public awareness on BDA.

Organised by Knowledge Group of Companies, Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and MDEC, the event will feature 60 global experts and chief data scientists from leading organisations like Google, Facebook, Fusionex and iFlix sharing their experience in transforming data into valuable insights.

Knowledge Group managing director, N. Selva said the close collaboration between Malaysia’s key players like HRDF, MDEC and Fusionex was very encouraging for the development of data economy.

“MDEC’s continued support as a co-organiser is a testament to their commitment to their role as the custodian of the data economy initiative,” he added. - Bernama
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Sebagai permulaan, agensi promosi pelaburan negara itu sudah bekerjasama dengan QSR Brands, Yakult dan Coca-Cola Bottlers bagi menawarkan 216 jawatan kepada belia dalam kategori di bawah inisiatif Talent CSR @ MIDA yang baharu itu.

Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, berkata banyak usaha perlu dilakukan kerana kadar pertumbuhan negara harus seiring dengan penciptaan peluang pekerjaan untuk rakyat.

"Saya berbesar hati kerana banyak pihak sudah mengambil langkah aktif dalam menyediakan akses kepada peluang pekerjaan.

"Saya dimaklumkan, MIDA sedang membangunkan pangkalan data pencari kerja melalui laman web MIDA," katanya berucap pada Majlis Pelancaran Hari Terbuka MIDA 2017, di sini semalam.

Yang hadir sama, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif MIDA, Datuk Azman Mahmud.

Beliau berkata, bersandarkan kepada hubungan rapat MIDA dengan industri, agensi berkenaan akan dapat mengenal pasti jenis tenaga kerja yang diperlukan berdasarkan hala tuju industri berkaitan.

"Dengan menggunakan pangkalan data itu, MIDA akan mempergiat usaha dalam memenuhi keperluan tenaga kerja syarikat, memadankan pencari kerja dengan bakal majikan yang tepat.

"Saya ingin menggalakkan lebih ramai pencari kerja merebut peluang ini dengan memanfaatkan platform maya di laman web MIDA," katanya.

Mengenai Industri 4.0, Mustapa berkata, teknologi tidak perlu dilihat sebagai pesaing untuk pekerjaan, tetapi sebagai rakan kongsi dalam mewujudkan pekerjaan yang berkualiti.

"Suka atau tidak, teknologi termasuk automasi dan robotik akan terus kekal wujud. Ia bergantung kepada kita, sama ada memanfaatkannya atau berhadapan risiko ditinggalkan oleh pesaing.

"Oleh itu, kerajaan mengutamakan inovasi dan menggalakkan penggunaan elemen Industri 4.0 seperti pengilangan pintar dan automasi untuk membina skala ekonomi lebih besar," katanya.
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Malaysia needs more pharmacists to meet future demands - Health Ministry
By Rafidah Mat Ruzki - September 23, 2017 @ 4:52pm


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SHAH ALAM: Malaysia needs more pharmacists to meet the ideal 1:1,200 ratio in order to provide the best services to the people.

Health Ministry's Pharmaceutical Services Division senior director Dr Salmah Bahri said the country required at least several thousands more pharmacists to cater to the country's growing population.

"The scope of pharmaceutical services is very wide, from services in hospitals, community, basic and secondary treatments, as well as in manufacturing and distribution sectors. The number of pharmacists we have are still not enough.

"In the line of patient services alone, the country has yet to reach the ratio between 1:1,000 and 1:1,200.

"We also need pharmacists for other sectors as well including in industrial, manufacturing, laboratory and universities," she told reporters after the launching of World Pharmacists Day Sports Championship event at Panasonic National Sports Centre, here today.

Dr Salmah said the ratio of pharmacists in the basic treatment care line stood at one pharmacist per 1,600 persons.

Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the statistics of dengue cases in the country between Jan and this month had shown a decrease compared to the same period last year.

He said this came from efforts by the ministry to educate the public in their role to fight the problem.

"However, we are still facing problems because there are members of the public who are yet to take any action, despite having the knowledge on what they should do.
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Existing programmes to be improved to increase socio-economic status of Orang Asli, says PM
By T N ALAGESH - September 23, 2017 @ 6:43pm


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak mingles with Minah Kasim during a gathering with around 3,000 Orang Asli from the Pekan constituency in Kampung Menchupu. Pic by MUHAMMAD ASYRAF SAWAL.

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PEKAN: The government will further improve existing programmes for the Orang Asli community so that they are not sidelined from enjoying benefits like others in society.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government will ensure that the Orang Asli community will be included in the country’s mainstream development.

He said programmes should be inclusive in order to help improve the socio-economic status of the Orang Asli and bring changes towards a better and promising future for them

“I have discussed with (Rural and Regional Development Minister) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob to draft plans to improve existing programmes, so that the Orang Asli can say that Barisan Nasional (BN) is the government for them.

“Currently, we have several programmes for the Orang Asli community and will continue to look into providing improvement to ensure it caters for the community and they can gain from it,” said Najib, who is also Pekan member of parliament.

He said this during his speech at a gathering with around 3,000 Orang Asli from the constituency in Kampung Menchupu.

Najib, who is also finance minister, said a one-off, higher financial assistance amount would be allocated for Orang Asli students who enter institutions of higher learning.

“The amount will be announced when I table the 2018 Budget on Oct 27 next month. With this, when an Orang Asli student enters university, his or her family will receive a bigger amount compared to the current one.

“Education is an important tool to bring changes to the community and parents must ensure their children do not skip school. Although I understand that sometimes parents prefer to bring their children to collect fruits during the season, we must ensure that our children will not drop out of school.

“My concern is without education, it will be difficult for the Orang Asli to excel as we want the community to also move forward when the country becomes a developed nation. The Orang Asli have to be with the government to ensure we can enjoy success together,” he said.

Najib said there were 767 Orang Asli who had furthered their studies at institutions of higher learning in the country, and that between 2010 and 2016 there were a total of 72 Orang Asli who have gone overseas to further their studies.

Meanwhile, the prime minister announced an additional RM1 million allocation for those involved in the Orang Asli homestay programme to help the community participate in entrepreneurship.

“The programme is handled by the Orang Asli Development Department and the Tourism and Culture Ministry. There has been strong support for the programme,” he said.

He described the Orang Asli in Pekan as BN’s “safety deposit” as they had always supported the party during general elections.

Wearing Orang Asli headgear, Najib received enthusiastic applause from the community when he gave his assurances on finding a solution to the flood problems in the village, and told the district officer to prepare an estimated budget .
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Sabah women to be appointed based on merit – CM
September 24, 2017, Sunday


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KOTA KINABALU: Appointment of women to any post will be based on merit, Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said.

The state government, he added, had and would continue to give room and opportunity to women in Sabah to be appointed to a post based on merit.

“When the time is right, I am confident that women will be given the appropriate opportunity such as the appointment of the new State Attorney General,” Musa said at the state-level Women’s Day celebration here.

“At the same time, I urge all government agencies, statutory bodies and GLCs to appoint at least one woman to their Board of Directors. This is aimed at achieving the policy of 30 per cent women at the decision making level in the corporate sector,” Musa added.

He also said the state government would continue to ensure that women, especially those in Sabah would be competitive and have the spirit of creativity as well as high innovation so that they would not be left out of the development sector.

The government will also ensure that women will complement men in supporting and realizing its aspirations, he added.

“In line with that, the government, through the Community Service and Consumer Affairs Ministry, as its implementing agency, has drawn up strategies as well as concentrated efforts to improve the living standard of women towards better achievement in the state,” he said.

“We are here tonight to show our recognition and appreciation to the contribution of women no matte how small because they have contributed to the development of the state and country as well as to their families,” Musa said.

He also stressed that women are no less important in the TN50 agenda and that their ideas as well as suggestions are needed to help the state and country develop as well grow progressively.

Musa said that the state government welcomes input from women as to what is good for the development of Sabah and for our future generations.

“Together we work for our state which will be inherited by our future generations and we must leave them a state that has the comfort and prosperity for them to enjoy, ” Musa added and called on women, whom he said is the government’s strategic partner to contribute to the development of the state and country,” he stressed.

Also present at the event was Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid.
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Malaysia is 2nd best in Southeast Asia in developing human capital, 33rd in the world
By NST Business - September 21, 2017 @ 2:56pm
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is Southeast Asia’s second best nation, and 33rd in the world, when it comes to developing its human capital, according to the Wold Economic Forum.

In its 2017 Human Capital Report, the WEF ranks 130 countries on how well they are developing their human capital on a scale from zero (worst) to 100 (best) across four thematic dimensions and five distinct age groups to capture the full human capital potential profile of a country.

WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab said the Fourth Industrial Revolution does not just disrupt employment, it creates a shortfall of newly-required skills.

“Therefore, we are facing a global talent crisis. We need a new mind-set and a true revolution to adapt our educational systems to the education needed for the future work force,” Schwab said in its statement.

WEF head of education, gender and work Saadia Zahidi said countries’ strategies for developing human capital should vary according to demographic structure.

“However, every country risks creating lost generations if they fail to adopt a more holistic approach to nurturing talent that takes into account a proactive approach to managing the transition from education to employment and to ongoing learning and skills acquisition,” she added.

Of the 10 Southeast Asian countries included in the report’s Human Capital Index, Singapore (11th globally) came in tops, followed by Malaysia (33rd globally) and Thailand (40th globally). The Philippines (50th globally) and Brunei (58th globally) rounded up the top five.

Globally, the top 10 of this year’s list is led by smaller European countries. Norway topped the list, followed by Finland (2nd), Switzerland (3rd) as well as large economies such as the United States (4th) and Germany (6th).

Four countries from the East Asia and the Pacific region (New Zealand 7th, Singapore 11th, Japan 17th and Australia 20th), three countries from the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region (Slovenia 9th, Estonia 12th, Russia 16th), and one country from the Middle East and North Africa region (Israel 18th) are also ranked in the Index top 20.

The report also found that on average, the world has developed only 62 per cent of its human capital.

Across the index, only 25 nations have tapped 70 per cent of their people’s human capital or more.

In addition, 50 countries scored between 60 per cent and 70 per cent.

A further 41 countries score between 50 per cent and 60 per cent, while 14 countries remain below 50 per cent.
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ECRL industrial skills training programme to draw 3,600 trainees
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September 25, 2017 @ 11:27pm


Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (left) said the three-month programme is today taking in the first 50 engineering graduates from universities in Malaysia and abroad for the programme.(Pix by Farizul Hafiz Awang)

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KUANTAN: The East Coast Rail Link Industrial Skills Training Programme (PLKI-ECRL) aims to attract 3,600 trainees who will be part of the ambitious 688km rail network project by 2022.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the three-month programme is today taking in the first 50 engineering graduates from universities in Malaysia and abroad for the programme.

He said that from that pioneering number of 50, 29 trainees are graduates of bachelors degree in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, while 21 are diploma holders.

He said the pioneering 50 trainees would undergo the training at the Gambang campus of Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), with the module being a joint effort with China's Beijing Jiatong University and Southwest Jiatong University.

"Trainees who have completed the three-month training under PLKI-ECRL programme will be automatically offered jobs by either MRL (Malaysia Rail Link Company) or CCCC (China Communications Construction Company) or by their respective subcontractors.

"UMP has been appointed as the Focal University for PLKI-ECRL programme due to the cooperation of the Ministry of Higher Education with Malaysia Rail Link, and for the successful completion of the East Coast Rail Link project, launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (on Aug 9)," he said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a meet-and-greet session for the first intake of 50 trainees here tonight.

Also present were UMP vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Daing Nasir, MRL chief executive officer Darwis Abdul Razak, and CCCC managing director Bai Yinzhan.

Meanwhile, Idris said the trainees would receive an allowance of RM1,000 a month for degree holders while diploma holders would receive RM900 a month.

He said around 300 trainees would be taken into PLKI-ECRL by December; 400 next year; 1,200 in 2019; 700 in 2020; 500 in 2021; and 500 in 2022.

He added that UMP, through the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, would introduce an elective related to rail technology this semester.
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Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia, Institute for Development Studies inks Creative Economy MoU
26th September, 2017


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KOTA KINABALU: Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Institute for Development Studies Sabah (IDS) for the setting up of the first Creative Economy Centre (NICE Centre) which comes under the management of YIM.

The MoU signed on Sept 21 by YIM Chief Executive Officer Tany Anthony Kiob and IDS Executive Director Datuk Mohd Hasnol Ayob, was witnessed by Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau and IDS Chairman Datuk Seri Panglima Clarence B. Malakun.

YIM Vice President Corporate Planning & Services, Azhani Samat in a statement yesterday said NICE Centre is a commercialization platform focusing on innovation especially the grassroots innovation with the mission of expediting development of local industries.

It is based on the principle of sharing and collaboration that is committed to creating a conducive environment for local innovation, with special focus for development of young people, tamu innovator and local companies towards achieving greater competitive edge in every chain component of enterprenuer value, and ultimately achieving commercialization.

YIM is an agency under MOSTI that aims to spur innovation and creativity among Malaysians, especially children, youths, women, rural folks, the disabled (OKU) and non-Governmental organization (NGO).

YIM started its Grassroots Innovation Movement in 2011 where a host of awareness programs, and capacity and innovation building were conducted with the support of MOSTI. Among them were, Jejak Inovasi, High Impact Program 6, Kids Invent, Mainstreaming Grassroots Innovation, etc.

Meanwhile, IDS is a research institute with expertise in decision-making process based on research which include solving of problems relating to development management and socio-economy, analysis of public policies and organising of forums and discussions with the aim of gathering public feedback on various issues which are affecting socio-economy development.

Azhani noted that the collaboration between YIM and IDS posed to turn a new page in the development of innovation in Malaysia. It would also strengthen the network and joint efforts of encouraging Malaysians towards solving problems facing the community via innovation.

“Through this MoU, YIM and IDS would benefit the asset, knowledge, skills and expertise in their respective fields which would be especially shared and applied in the Rural Rapid Appraisal, community profiling, research, innovation development and commercialization,” she said.

She also acknowledged that the collaboration is in line with the national vision towards boosting the use of National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) in advancing socio-economy development in parallel with National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

Also present at the occasion were, MOSTI deputy Secretary-general (Science), IDS board members and senior officers of YIM and IDS. –By Michael Teh
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