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Old November 23rd, 2017, 09:58 AM   #301
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Malaysian employers cautioned: Do not terminate locals in order to hire foreign staff
By NST TEAM - November 23, 2017 @ 2:57pm


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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian employers have been warned against dismissing local employees in order to hire foreign workers.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib, addressing the Dewan Rakyat today, said Section 60 of the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) states that no employer can arbitrarily terminate the employment of local workers to employ foreign workers.

Employers who fail to comply with the law can be charged with the offence and if convicted, are liable to a fine of not more than RM10,000

Ismail said employees are also entitled to their rights when they are terminated by employers.

"Employees who are suddenly laid-off are entitled to a number of basic protections. Among others, employers shall give sufficient notice period or remuneration in accordance with the work contract, but not less than stipulated under Section 12 (2) of the Employment Act.

"Employers are also obliged to pay retrenchment benefits in accordance with the work service contracts, which must not be less than the rate prescribed in the Employment (Termination and Lay-Off Benefits) Regulations 1980," he said in reply to a supplementary question from Dr Mansor Abdul Rahman (BN-Sik).

At the same time, Ismail said retrenched workers could claim financial benefits by making their claims at any Labour Office branch.

He said Malaysia is still very much in need of foreign workers although they are only allowed to work in selected sectors.

These include manufacturing, plantation, agriculture, construction, mining and quarrying, and the services sector under certain sub-sectors such as spas, foot massage, resorts, hotels, garden assistants - animal parks, restaurants, cooking, washing and cleaning and cargo, ports and airports
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 04:09 PM   #302
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Attracting and retaining talents 2017
WORLD RANKING

2. Japan
12. Hong Kong
13. Germany
14. UK
16. Singapore
17. Canada
18. USA
21. Malaysia
22. UAE
23. Thailand
24. Philippines
26. Israel
27. South Korea
30. Indonesia
32. China
33. India
35. Qatar
36. Kazakhstan
38. Taiwan
39. France
49. Saudi Arabia
57. Italy

Brain drain 2017

5. UAE
6. USA
7. Hong Kong
10. Singapore
12. Germany
13 UK
18. Israel
21. Qatar
22. India
23 Canada
25. Indonesia
26. Thailand
27. France
28. Malaysia
30. Japan
32. Italy
33. Saudi Arabia
36. Kazakhstan
40. Philippines
41. China
47. Taiwan
54. South Korea

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Nation's labour productivity increased to 4.2 pct, says PM
By ARFA YUNUS
November 27, 2017 @ 1:59pm



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KUALA LUMPUR: The country's labour productivity has increased to 4.2 per cent, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

Najib, who chaired the National Productivity Council meeting at the Parliament building here today, said the percentage is higher than the yearly average goal of 3.7 per cent set under the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11) for the period of 2016-2020.

"The increase in labour productivity was contributed by four main sectors which are agriculture (5.2 per cent), manufacturing (5.1 per cent), development (4.8 per cent) and services (3.7 per cent).

"Overall, the labour productivity achievement is encouraging and in line with the government's wish to achieve an economy that is driven by productivity.

"This council believes that the achievement can be maintained in an effort to produce sustainable and inclusive economic growth rates which will benefit the public," he said.

The prime minister said the council has decided that the labour productivity achievement is to be monitored and reported on a quarterly basis.

He said the Malaysian Labour Force Statistics Bureau, under the the Statistics Department, will publish the quarterly labour productivity data, whereby the first issue will be launched today
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Old November 30th, 2017, 02:27 AM   #304
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Malaysia's unemployment rate currently at 3.4 pct
By FERNANDO FONG and VEENA BABULAL - November 29, 2017 @ 12:23pm


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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia employment rates are in good health, with a total employment of 14.67 million people, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib said the unemployment rate in Malaysia as of September 2017 stands at 3.4 percent or 504,100.

The figure is based on a workforce study conducted by the Department of Statistics.

"Among those unemployed, 131,600 are diploma holders while 37,250 are certificate holders and below," he said in a reply to Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (Pas-Kuala Nerus) during the Minister's Question and Answer (MQT) session.

Ismail said 270,330 job-seekers are registered with the JobsMalaysia portal as of September this year.

JobsMalaysia is a platform by the government that offers job seekers information to aid the job application process.

Among the registered job seekers, 187,551 (69.4 percent) are graduates while 82,779 (30.6 percent) are non-graduates.

Ismail noted that 223,167 job vacancies had been advertised by employers through the portal whereby the Manpower Department will match the workers with potential employers.

Among the highest sectors are vacancies in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

JobsMalaysia has been running outreach programmes through its JobsMalaysia Centres (JMC) since September 2012.

JMC has organised activities like open interviews and career carnivals, job placement programmes in collaboration with the private sector, holiday placements for university students, as well as organising special group placement programmes for vulnerable people such as single mothers, the disabled, former drug addicts, former convicts, the homeless and retirees.

As of last year, about 176,105 job seekers have secured placements through various programmes organised by the Manpower Department in Peninsular Malaysia. -- Additional reporting by Arfa Yunus
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Old December 1st, 2017, 09:53 PM   #305
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PortsWorld rolls out MBA for mariners,seafarers
December 2, 2017, Saturday


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PETALING JAYA: PortsWorld, a leading Malaysian maritime and logistics research and consultancy company, has embarked on an initiative to provide an internationally-recognised Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in logistics and maritime industry via collaboration with the University of Northampton, United Kingdom.

PortsWorld Managing Director G.Durairaj said working adults with mariners’ qualifications namely ship captains, chief engineers and certificate of competency (COC) holders, can now pursue the specialised course offered by the university, exclusively in Malaysia, by PortsWorld.

He said the course was now available at PortsWorld’s learning centre in Klang and Kuala Lumpur.

“The course is catered to help meet the demand for specialised human capital in Malaysia’s logistics and maritime industry.

“There is a large gap in the supply of professional and qualified manpower in the rapidly-expanding logistics and maritime industry and it is hoped that our international MBA would help contribute, in its own way, in meeting the human resource demand of the industry,” he told Bernama.

PortsWorld has developed a three-module bridging programme that would provide the pathway to the MBA which could be fast-tracked by holders of COC 1 and above, as well as, by graduates with working experience.

He said those eligible under this route, which takes into account the “recognition of prior learning” pathway, would be able to complete the MBA within seven months with the submission of a dissertation.

“Industry practitioners with working experience but without a first degree and those with COC2 and COC3 would also be able to pursue the MBA, which would take 15 months, including completing a British government approved eight-module core programme,” Durairaj said, adding that the MBA initiative involved close collaboration with Qualifi Ltd (UK) and Klaspad (UK).

PortsWorld planned to hold a series of previews on the MBA with the first one to be held in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 19.

In a related development, Durairaj, who served as the Subject Matter Expert for the EPU-commissioned Logistics and Trade Facilitation Master Plan (2015-2020), said there was an annual deficit of more than 30,000 trained personnel and professionals to meet the growing demand in Malaysia’s maritime and logistics industry. — Bernama
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Malaysia ranks 9th among Asia Pacific nations with most empowered women
By NOORSILA ABD MAJID - December 6, 2017 @ 7:11pm


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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is now ranked the 9th country with the most empowered women in Asia Pacific, ahead of Indonesia, China and Brunei based on the latest Malaysia Gender Gap Index (MGGI) released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the average score for Malaysian women in the four sub-indexs measured, comprising economic activities, education, health care and political representation in 2016 was 0.692 - which is moving closer towards the scale of 1 set by the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) developed by the World Economic Forum.

The MGGI is formulated based on the GGI, where Malaysia is currently ranked at 106th spot out of 144 countries surveyed on gender equality.

"It's our first collaboration with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry in coming out with (more reliable) statistical data on women empowerment that everyone can refer to directly," Mohd Uzir said in a press conference for the launch of the statistic book on Women Empowerment In Selected Domains here.

He said the MGGI figures have put Malaysia in a better perspective in terms of gender equality.

Thanking the DOSM for taking a painstaking effort in compiling the data, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry's secretary general Datuk Suriani Ahmad said the stats will help her ministry in creating better policies and programmes to empower more women next year.

2018 has been declared as the year of women empowerment.

During the launch, Suriani also read out a speech by her minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim. In her speech text, Rohani said even though women contributed 54 per cent to the total labour force in the country, it is still lower than neighbouring countries like Singapore (66 per cent), Thailand (70 per cent), Cambodia (77.9 per cent) and Laos (81.2 per cent).

This is despite having 49.8 per cent of female undergraduates in Malaysian institutions of higher learning as compared to 37.8 per cent of male undergraduates, she said.

The minister also noted on the low participation of Malaysian women in politics, which stood at 10.8 per cent.

More efforts are also needed in combating sexual violence against women.

On a more positive note, the Malaysian government has achieved its target of having more than 30 per cent of women in top government posts. In 2016, there were 35.8 per cent women decision makers in government ministries and agencies.
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Introduce vocational, technical subjects in tahfiz schools
By TEH ATHIRA YUSOF - December 9, 2017 @ 3:12pm


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KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Umno has urged the government to introduce tahfiz schools with vocational and technical subjects for its students.

Datuk Sharifah Maznah Syed Kassim Barakah hoped that the government will consider adding these subjects to equip the students with more skills once they finish school.

The Kedah Wanita Umno chief also said that the move could fulfill the demand for employees with technical and vocational skills, needed to fill 60 per cent of the 1.5 million jobs in 2020.

“This is important for the students' future, so that once they finish school, they can supply the demand for employees with vocational and technical skills.

“The schools can implement subjects following schools with the Ulul Albab programmes and colleges that offer TVET subjects.

“Also, tahfiz schools have seen a rise in the number of students. There are now 1,000 tahfiz schools natiowide with 150,000 students.

“From the numbers, there are 300 unregistered tahfiz schools and hopefully, the government will assist them on the registration process," she said when debating the motion on education at the 71st Umno general assembly.

Meanwhile, she urged the government to ensure that more religious school students are able to continue their studies at a higher level.

Maznah said 93 per cent of tahfiz school students are unable to further their studies to public university-level.

She said public universities should be add more religious-based courses to cater to the students to enable them to be accepted into the institution.
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EIS covers 935,000 in Sabah
December 12, 2017, Tuesday Chok Sim Yee


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KOTA KINABALU: Some 935,000 employees in Sabah will be covered under the Employment Insurance System (EIS) that comes into effect in January next year.

Social Security Organization (Socso) Sabah director Dr Mohd Ali Hindia said employees who lost their jobs would qualify to receive interim benefit in the form of RM600 cash allowance per month for a maximum of three months under EIS next year.

He said the government had allocated RM122 million to Sosco for the interim benefit.

Mohd Ali said 57,282 individuals nationwide were expected to claim the benefit of more than RM103 million next year.

Meanwhile, he said 76,180 employers were registered in Sabah with 935,000 workers in total.

“These workers will automatically be qualified for EIS and pay their contributions.


“With the funds provided, we are ready to assist employees who lost their jobs,” he said in a press conference during the EIS seminar at Tabung Haji Hotel here yesterday.

EIS serves as a social safety net to assist retrenched workers through the provision of financial aid and re-employment placement programme.

Both employers and employees are required to contribute 0.2 per cent each of the latter’s salary to EIS.

Mohd Ali said workers who lost their jobs would receive financial assistance from Socso in seven days after their termination had been confirmed.

He added that the retrenched workers would also be given mobility assistance to find a new job and work placement.

Depending on how long a worker had been contributing, he said employees would receive cash assistance for a maximum of six months starting from 80 per cent of the insured pay for the first month, which was reduced to 50 per cent, 40 per cent and 30 per cent in the successive months.

Nonetheless, Mohd Ali said Socso would be providing the interim benefit of RM600 monthly cash allowance for a maximum of three months in the first year of implementation in 2018, while contributions by employers and employees would only be utilized starting 2019.

On another note, he said the EIS would not affect the existing Employment Termination and Lay-off Benefit (ETLB).

“There are no overlap between both schemes. EIS is different from the existing scheme (ETLB).”


Adding on, Socso’s EIS administrative officer, Mohd Arif bin Aziz said the insurance system had been implemented in over 70 countries including the United States, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.

The contribution rate of 0.4 per cent for EIS in Malaysia is the lowest in the world, compared to Thailand (1.25 per cent), Vietnam (three per cent), Arab Saudi (two per cent) and South Korea (2.15 per cent).

Around 350 participants comprising business owners, employees and relevant associations attended the seminar yesterday.

The EIS roadshow will be held in Sandakan on December 13 and Tawau on December 15.

Also present was Socso¡¦s EIS administrative officer, Mohd Shakir bin Mohd Saad.
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Slow response to scheme from taxi, e-hailing drivers – Socso
December 12, 2017, Tuesday


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KOTA KINABALU: The Self-Employed Employment Injury Scheme introduced by the Social Security Organization for taxi and e-hailing drivers have received lukewarm response even though various engagement programmes have been carried out.

Social Security Organization (Socso) Sabah director Dr Mohd Ali Hindia said less than 20 individuals had registered online for the scheme in Kota Kinabalu since it took effect in June this year.

He said various efforts and engagement programmes had been carried out with taxi associations in each districts, as well as roadshows with the Commercial Vehicle Licencing Board (CVLB) yet the response was lukewarm among taxi drivers.

Mohd Ali said this could be due to several factors, such as taxi drivers were already covered by personal accident insurance under their licence and lack of awareness on the scheme.

However, he said the concept of the scheme was more on the replacement of income.

"If taxi, Uber or Grab drivers lose their income or involve in an accident at work, they will get the same protection as well," he said in a press conference during a seminar on Employment Insurance System (EIS) here yesterday.

He added that the scheme would be expanded to cover other sectors, including farmers and fishermen
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