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Business 08 Jul 2011 | 12:00 AM

Mustapa: Provide more support to SMEs

KUALA LUMPUR: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should be given more support, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Business 19 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

Locals put off by ‘dirty, demeaning and dangerous’ low-end jobs

EVER walked into a grocery store or a food stall and got greeted by a foreign worker, and then only to be met by a blank stare when you requested for something?

Business 12 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

The scramble for skills

There's a concerted effort to woo and retain talent in Malaysia. Talent Corp Bhd has been set up with this mandate. Its CEO Johan Mahmood Merican talks about the mammoth task ahead.

Business 04 Sep 2010 | 12:00 AM

Coming to grips with an ageing society

WHO says age is just a number? We celebrated Malaysia's 53rd year of independence on Tuesday. On the scale of political history, we are a young nation still, but if we look at our demographics, we are showing more than a touch of grey. While we plan to achieve developed nation status by 2020, that may also be the year when we become an ageing society.

Business 21 Aug 2010 | 12:00 AM

Implementing a minimum wage policy

MORE money in the pocket for low-income workers - that's one of the main ideas driving the implementation of a minimum wage policy for Malaysia.

Business 06 Feb 2010 | 12:00 AM

Stemming the tide and keeping our talent

Every now and then, we hear of friends and relatives leaving for greener pastures abroad. While we are happy that they are moving on, their leaving also leaves a lump in our throats. Last month, the issue of our people leaving was brought up again when about 300,000 left, double that of the previous year. Do we, as a nation, have the will power to stem the outflow of skills and talent, the building blocks of our country?

Business 06 Feb 2010 | 12:00 AM

The push and pull factors

THERE are reasons why people leave the country of their birth. Usually, it is for the sake of their children's education and future. Or it could be their own personal professional advancement. Or it could be a slew of reasons to do with the socio-economic and political factors.

Business 28 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

MEF calls for fee waiver for employees in skill programme

The Government should waive the RM300 fee per employee that employers or employees themselves must pay to enrol in the National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) programme, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said.

Business 04 Apr 2009 | 12:00 AM

Keeping tabs on the jobless rates

If you believe what pundits are saying about the sagging economy and its impact on the nation's workforce, then, indeed, it's alarming.

Business 16 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

In times of volatility, govt jobs offer security

Government jobs are looking more attractive in these volatile times due to the security and stability they offer compared to the private sector.