‘Employers and workers need help’

PETALING JAYA: New Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan and his deputy Awang Hashim must immediately get to work by assisting both workers and bosses amid the challenging weak labour market.

The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said they must help employers and employees address the challenges caused by the sluggish economy and the lingering impact of Covid-19.

“Employers need to be assisted to manage the rising cost of doing business now and be given incentives as well as encouraged to retain their existing employees rather than retrenching them.

“Enabling employers to retain employees during the challenging period will in the long run assist them to quickly seize the opportunities once the economy recovers,” said Shamsuddin.

He said during this challenging period, it would also be important for Saravanan and Awang to urgently strengthen tripartism.

“This is so that employers and employees together with their trade unions can work together in order for the existing harmonious industrial relations to be strengthened to enhance the country’s productivity and competitiveness,” he added.

The National Association of Skilled Workers (PKPB) secretary-general Mohammad Rizan Hassan said the new minister should look into providing initiatives in the form of grants or funds for the Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) youths.

“Grants and funds should be given in order for this group, which are made up of youths who had dropped out of the education system, workforce or formal training, to pursue education or informal skills training.

“This immediate measure is important to help the NEET youths who are hard-hit by the country’s economic challenges,” said Mohammad Rizan.

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