JOHOR BARU: The Youth and Sports Ministry is urged to work closely with other ministries in creating more jobs for youths in the country and reduce unemployment rate.
Johor South SME Association adviser Teh Kee Sin said its minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman should look at ways to assist more than 160,000 university graduates who were unemployed after completing their studies.
“Give priority to the unemployment issue, ’’ he said.
Teh said focus should be given to create more jobs, particularly in IT-related industries or develop them to become entrepreneurs.
He said in view of the youngsters who were IT savvy, they could be trained to master skills for Industry 4.0 and support the small and medium enterprises for Industrial Revolution 4.0 implementation.
Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar called on Syed Saddiq to be more focused on getting youths to diversify into several fields, especially in the private sector.
He said youths could be offered entrepreneur skills training and once completed, back them up with seed funding to start micro and small businesses.
“Just look at the way foreigners have started petty trading everywhere. Some of them even earn more than locals, ’’ said Sivakumar.
He said the ministry should also provide funding for youths to take up skills training courses or even offer them incentives to upskill themselves to earn more.
Sivakumar said to create more opportunities for the youths in the new technologies, they need to explore opportunities not only in Malaysia but also at the international level.