More to benefit from work-from-home programme

ROMPIN: More companies will be roped in to provide part-time jobs to housewives, single mothers, the under-privileged and hardcore poor through the Government’s work-from-home programme.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan said some 149 companies have provided employment to such groups.

Maznah said some of the participants in the programme were highly educated housewives who could not take up full-time employment but preferred to work on a part-time basis.

“There are some 2,646 people who work from home or in the community halls tending to light jobs like handicraft, sewing, packaging, food processing and others.

“They were paid accordingly based on the quantity of the products and their working hour is flexible,” Maznah said after closing a 1Malaysia talk in Jubli Perak Sultan Ahmad Shah hall here recently.

She said the part-time workers earned between RM400 and RM500 per month and their income was sufficient to sustain their families.

The work-from-home programme, she added, was implemented in many foreign countries and could reduce the unemployment rate here.

Maznah said companies were also able to save on logistic cost and personal benefits with the programme.

“Those who take part in the programme are given flexibility in their job, but their employer will have to monitor their quality of work.

“If they fail to deliver, their income will be affected,” she said.

Maznah hoped the programme would also be able to reduce the Government’s dependency on foreign workers.

The programme was launched in Klang, Selangor in 2008 with overwhelming response from companies in Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak and the Klang Valley.

Maznah said the programme was a win-win situation to manufacturers and employees which brings about cost reduction and employment.

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