SHAH ALAM: Women unable to travel too far from home to work due to family commitments will soon be able to work from home, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.
He said the Home Working Programme would not only help Malaysians increase their household incomes but would also be a good way to reduce dependency on foreign labour.
The programme involves employers setting up a base near residential areas where they can get a large pool of workers to handle either packaging or simple fitting tasks, he told reporters after launching the ministrys Meet The Clients Day and Job Carnival 2008 here yesterday.
Dr Subramaniam said 30 workers would begin work under the programme, which would be launched soon in Klang.
Dr Subramaniam said the ministry was already looking at the second phase of the programme, where it planned to get companies to offer jobs needing workers with a higher level of skill or education.
These people can go to the offices maybe for a few hours at a time to pick up or hand in their work and return home to complete the tasks.
With the information technology that is available today we can even have workers do all their work from their homes, he said.
Dr Subramaniam said the ministry had also been working closely with the various industries to provide training to potential employees in the specific fields suited to market needs.
We have also expanded our training programmes to include the service industry and the first batch of 30 people completed their courses recently and have all been employed by various hotels, he said.