PETALING JAYA: Unions and employees had to accept that job security would be a thing of the past and a productivity-linked wage system would be the norm which were the realities of globalisation, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn.
“This is already starting to happen with several companies here and in Britain, the United States and Japan,” he said.
To upgrade the level of competitiveness, it was important for Malaysians to place emphasis on human resources development, he said.
“One of the ways that the ministry is fostering performance-based wage system in factories is to encourage unions and employers to adopt the flexible wage systems where increments will be based on productivity.
“The major challenge that we face now is to convince unions and employees to accept the reality that there will be lesser job security and it will depend more on performance and productivity.
“This is the reality that we cannot escape from,” he said yesterday at the opening of Asia HRD (Human Resources Development) Congress 2004, which is themed Powering People Development Through Best Practices.
He said the ministry would be meeting the Malaysian Trades Union Congress to explain the challenges facing the country’s workforce.
Also present at the function that also saw Dr Fong launching the HRDPower.net competency-based HRD software was Dr R. Palan, chairman of the Specialists Management Resources Sdn Bhd, the organiser of Asia HRD 2004.
To reassure workers that their interests would be protected, the ministry was reviewing the Code of Conduct on Industrial Harmony so that employers and employees would adopt good practices, he said.
Dr Fong also presented the Asia HRD Congress 2004 Awards for the Contribution to Society category to Assoc Prof Datuk Dr Zaliha Omar of the Department of Allied Health Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine in University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and to Malaysia Red Crescent Society project director Jeyathesan Kulasingham.
Dr Zaliha was recognised for her pioneering work in rehabilitation medicine at UMMC while Jeyathesan was recognised for initiating the CARErity community project, which is a long-term character-building project among youths and children to care for the less fortunate.
Other winners are Shunsuke Koyama, who is the managing director of Kobe Precision Technology Sdn Bhd in Penang, for establishing self-directed work teams; and Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim, the vice-president of Gas Business of Petronas Bhd, for his contribution to the human resources community.
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