Time for higher salary

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Salary in the country should be increased to attract locals to work here instead of looking for employment in Singapore.

State Consumerism, Human Resources and Unity Committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan said there were about 200,000 Malaysians working in the island republic.

“Their income is the same but due to the exchange rate, when they convert their Singapore salary to ringgit, they get more.

“Salaries in Malaysia must be increased to attract locals to work here but for this, production capacity and worker skills should also increase,” he said.

Dr Ramakrishnan said this in his reply to R. Vidyanathan (BN-Kahang) and Datuk Hasni Mohamad (BN-Benut) at the Johor State Assembly sitting.

Dr Ramakrishnan said to address unemployment issues, especially among the youth, the state government is fully committed and has taken several initiatives under its state budget 2019.

He said among the steps included apprenticeship programmes at industries, life-long learning programmes and upskilling and reskilling programmes.

He said the state government, through Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda), also offered various incentives to develop human capital in Iskandar Malaysia.

He said among the incentives were Iskandar Malaysia Employment Grant (Imeg), Iskandar Malaysia Professional Certification (IMPC), and German Dual Vocational Training (GDVT).

“Irda has also carried out entrepreneurship development initiatives to strengthen the economy and reduce wage gap in Iskandar Malaysia.

“The Dynamic Entrepreneurs Iskandar Malaysia (IMProUD) that is already in place, has benefited about 117 micro entrepreneurs through grants and loans besides its development programmes that helped 1,425 small and medium entrepreneurs until 2018,” he said.

Dr Ramakrishnan said the state government would continue to be committed in carrying out more incentives and human capital programmes to create more quality jobs for the people.

Source: The Star