Revive training schemes call

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Apr 2003

MULTINATIONALS and big corporations should revive the programme to train graduates in an effort to polish up their skills and lessen the Government’s burden in dealing with unemployed graduates, a backbencher proposed. 

Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN – Bagan Datoh) said the “programme for executive development,” which was initiated in the 1970s, should be brought back so that undergraduates could be trained by big companies and be absorbed into their workforce later on. 

The programme could be shared by multinational and big firms, like Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Telekom Malaysia and Edaran Otomobil Nasional.  

“This can help ease the Government’s burden in dealing with the problem of unemployed graduates and, at the same time, graduates can get professional and relevant training,” he said, when debating the Supplementary Supply Bill at committee stage. 

Datuk Hassan Ali (PAS – Parit Buntar) lamented that today’s graduates lacked communication skills. 

Several opposition MPs questioned the rationale of moving the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) from its existing office in the capital to Putrajaya, arguing that it was “wasteful.” 

Zawawi Ahmad (PAS – Padang Terap) likened the costs to a “white elephant,” and asked: “The (existing) place is there, why don’t we make use of it instead of moving?” 

Ramli Ibrahim (Keadilan –Kota Baru) questioned if the new office in Putrajaya would incur a high cost in terms of rent and Saupi Daud (Keadilan – Tanah Merah) asked if the proposed renovation was necessary when the Putrajaya office was new. 

Datuk Husni Hanazlah (BN – Tambun) urged the Government to curb corruption as it would affect the country’s integrity in the long term. 

He said in many cases, the delays in the completion of projects, failure in landing projects and the extra cost incurred were because of corruption. 

In reply, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Douglas Unggah said the ACA’s move to Putrajaya was “inevitable” as its present premi-ses in Jalan Duta was too small.  

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