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Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan believes that Malaysia will be able to overcome unemployment if Malaysians change their mindset to accept any job available.
Speaking to UMNO President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on a Facebook live session, Saravanan, who is also MIC deputy president, said that itâ€™s time for Malaysians to accept jobs in the 3D sector (dirty, dangerous, difficult) to put food on the table during this economic downturn.
We have to change the mindset of the rakyat to accept any job, we have enough job opportunities.Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Human Resources Minister.
The HR Minister also stressed that Malaysians must be prepared for changes. He explained that there are enough jobs available if 2 million Malaysians lose their jobs as the nation currently has over 2 million foreign workers.
Saravanan added that agencies under the ministry such as the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) and the Skills Development Fund Corporation (PTPK) will provide training to improve the skills of the workers.
Before this, we only allowed foreign workers to take low-skilled jobs. But today we see that theyâ€™ve become skilled workers. Hence these sectors should be taken over by local workers.Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Human Resources Minister.
At the same time, he lamented over the preference of employers hiring foreign workers in the retail sector and urged that local supermarkets and convenience stores employ locals instead.
As the session drew to an end, Saravanan suggested that Malaysians should also consider seeking employment overseas. He noted that developed countries had a higher basic salary such as Japan, adding that he was in discussions with the Japanese embassy on employment opportunities for Malaysians there.
All Malaysians -across the board- must be prepared to change their mindset and accept these changes. This is not the time to talk about plans and dreams, this is the time to survive.Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Human Resources Minister.
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