WHILE frontliners in the battle against Covid-19 should be commended, credit should also be given to those working from home, who are indirectly helping to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said they have to practise time management and flexibility and faced various challenges in balancing their work and duties at home.
“However, the movement control order (MCO) should be seen positively as a platform to enable us to realise our full potential and increase productivity, ” said Chow in his Labour Day message.
“For those who have lost their jobs, the state government is continuously looking into closures of companies and its impact.
“We have begun collecting data and through Penang Career Assistance and Talent Centre to place these people in relevant jobs.
“As I have always emphasised, Penang does not have natural resources, but has a talent pool of skilled workers which is the main factor for investors to continuously invest in the growing investment ecosystem.”
Chow also said the ‘Skim Peka PKS’ of RM30mil interest-free loan for businesses coordinated by the Penang Development Corporation received 2,571 applications until April 21 and the approval process would be expedited.
“Going digital would be the right way in view of the pandemic and businesses should get used to the ‘new normal’ and the new labour force would be of highly skilled digital workers in the future.”
Penang, said Chow, would be nurturing the talent of these digital workers to face the challenges of Industry 4.0.
“Be it workers from the public or private sector, the state looks highly at your contribution towards the development of Penang’s economy and we will together face the challenges of the future.”
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