Council to draft standards for low-paying jobs


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Jul 2005

PUTRAJAYA: Low-paying jobs such as that of watchmen and hotel chambermaids will soon have their own “standards” along with other blue-collar jobs. 

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said having standards would assist the National Vocational Training Council in drawing up appropriate curriculum and courses for training the workers. 

He said the National Skills Development Bill, expected to be tabled in Parliament by year-end, would spell out the qualifications and expectations for some 800 jobs, mostly categorised as blue-collar work. 

“The standards will list down the qualifications, the duties and what is expected of job applicants. 

“We need to set these standards so that human resources managers in the country will be able to identify the kind of applicants they want for a certain job. 

“It will also help to create transparency in the job recruitment process,” he told reporters after the Cabinet meeting here yesterday. 

Dr Fong said the specification of the standards, which would be carried out by the council, would be in line with those already specified by developed countries. 

“We feel such standards should also be available in Malaysia as we progress towards developed nation status, and we can see different kinds of jobs being created,” he said. 

On the National Union of Bank Employees branch elections this weekend, Dr Fong assured members that these would be conducted smoothly despite recent reports of various glitches. 

”The MTUC (Malaysian Trade Union Congress) has promised to send representatives to observe the branch elections,” he said.  

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