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The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF)’s Chairman, Dato’ Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin, released a statement on Friday (11 October) highlighting the organisation’s recent achievements as well as continued commitment to Malaysia’s workforce.
First, she reiterated HRDF’s role in upskilling and reskilling the national workforce in preparation of IR4.0, and that the fund “remains steadfast in its commitment to its 2019 roadmap”. This includes:
- Training 1.2mn Malaysian employees; working towards getting liable employers to register with the Fund;
- Helping to lower youth unemployment by developing job-ready youths and graduates; and
- Increasing the professionalism and competency of the training community.
In line with this, Dato’ Noor Farida shared that as at end September this year, the Fund has approved the upskilling and reskilling of 755,881 Malaysian employees, a 16% y-o-y increase from 2018.
She added: “I am also gratified that our efforts to improve as an organisation committed to the advancement of the Malaysian workforce is striking a chord with employers as we see significant growth in the number of employees covered by the Fund to 2.4mn.
“In the last 12 months, the number of registered employers has increased almost 20%.”
However, Dato’ Noor Farida pointed out that despite these “positive steps forward” and HRDF taking disciplinary action against any misconduct, it has still been receiving attacks on social media, “with unsubstantiated accusations of appointments made because of ethnicity rather than merit.”
She stressed: “As the Chairman of the HRDF Board, I wish to reiterate that the Fund is unceasingly committed to a culture of high performance and will continue to ensure that it is manned by the most competent personnel who are dedicated to help the Fund achieve its mission of creating a skilled Malaysian workforce that meets the current and future needs of our nation.”
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