MUAR: The Ministry of Human Resources wants the needy and poor to involve themselves more in work-at-home activities to generate income for their families.
Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia director general Datuk Sheikh Yahya Sheikh Mohamed said such work would also enable more Malaysians to be employed.
Speaking at the launch of a seminar on working at home recently, Sheikh said that women, single mothers and the disabled could earn money from such work.
“Many countries, including France, Japan, the United States and United Kingdom have adopted the concept, which has been very effective in providing jobs and incomes for families,” he said in his speech read by Johor Labour Department director Enchana Ato.
Sheikh Yahya said participants could either work from their own homes or in community halls to produce products for companies in their areas.
“According to the Economic Planning Unit, currently between six and seven million women in the country do not work or had stopped working as they had to care for their families,” he added.
He said this group categorised as outside the labour force, had the potential to become productive workers and earn an income at home.
He added that those with disabilities or people with special talents and skill could also benefit from working at home and urged them to get involved.
“In Johor, 648 people including 21 with disabilities, 556 housewives, 60 single mothers and 11 poor families are employed to work at home by 34 companies.
“In Negri Sembilan, eight companies employ 27 people, while 14 companies in Malacca now engage 757 people who work from home,” he said.
“We want more people who stay at home to participate in the work-at-home programme and we also urge more companies to offer jobs of this sort.
“Those who do so not only help to earn and income for their families and generate economic growth but they also help to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign labour,” he added.