Jobs aplenty for Johor folk

A total of RM3.1mil was channelled through Johor Orang Asli Development Department for development in the education sector, welfare and health of the community. — Filepic

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor government provided 278,790 job opportunities to Johoreans this year. State education, human resource, science and technology committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said the jobs were provided by the Johor Strategic Human Capital Unit (SMI) in collaboration with the state Labour Department.

“The figure is based on statistics provided by the JobsMalaysia portal under the Human Resources Ministry and is categorised according to Malaysia Standard Classification of Occupations (MASCO) and Malaysia Standard Industrial Classification (MSIC).

“The job opportunities were created between May 2018 and October 2019, ” he said during the Johor State Assembly at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar here.

Aminolhuda said this in response to questions from Zaiton Ismail (BN-Sungai Balang), Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali (BN-Semarang) and Datuk Zulkurnain Kamisan (BN-Sri Medan) on the state government’s promise to create 200,000 jobs for Johoreans.

He said 76% of the total 278,790 job opportunities were in the general work sector, 15% in the plant, machine and assembly sector, 2% skilled workers, 1% in sales and service sectors and the rest general support work.

Aminolhuda said a total of 3,896 loss of jobs was also recorded by the state Social Security Organisation (Socso) from January to November this year.

“A total of 3,896 people who lost their jobs applied for the Employment Insurance System (SIP) under Socso, with 81% or 3,189 applications approved.

“The loss of jobs was due to closure of companies, bankruptcy and downsizing of operations by some firms, ” he added.

On the subject of the Orang Asli, state Islamic affairs, agriculture and rural development committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said Johor had never neglected their needs.

“We are constantly helping to improve the economic status of the community in the state, ” he said.

Tosrin said RM3.1mil was channelled through the state’s Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) this year.

“The allocation was for development in the education sector, welfare and health of the Orang Asli community, as well as transportation costs for Orang Asli students to go to school.

“State Jakoa also received an allocation of RM276,950 for treated water project for Orang Asli villages in Johor and RM497,200 for the development of local infrastructure and social amenities, ” he said.

He said there were 60 Orang Asli villages throughout the state, with 15,869 residents.

“They are from the Jakun, Kuala, Seletar, Kanaq and Temuan tribes. “Some basic amenities that each village has is a kindergarten, TNB power station, SAJ water supply, treatment and health facility, Johor Islamic Religious Department office, religious schools, PPR houses and other facilities, ” he added.

Tosrin said an entrepreneurship programme had also been introduced in the villages, such as fish farming project, Orang Asli homestay and stingless bee honey (madu kelulut) project.

He said Orang Asli students received RM2 daily as school pocket money, free school transportation for primary and secondary students and scholarships to public universities.

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