Malaysia's Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) will train about 1.2 million Malaysian workers in 2019, utilising the RM900 million Human Resources Development levy that will be collected from the Fund's registered employers.
This was announced by the Minister of Human Resources, M. Kulasegaran in Parliament on 11 December 2018, in response to questions on the improvements undertaken by HRDF, following the release of an independent report on the Fund's governance framework by an independent Governance Oversight Committee on 10 November 2018.
As part of the move, Kulasegaran said the Human Resources Ministry will harmonise its efforts with the HRDF to ensure staff of Malaysian employers registered with HRDF, as well as local employees at large, are up-skilled and re-skilled to meet the challenges of automation and digitalisation.
Kulasegaran said: "The HRDF Board of Directors and the Management of HRDF have been empowered with the decision-making authority to keep to its mandate to spearhead the human capital learning and development of Malaysian employees, ensuring they are prepared to meet the demands driven by the current economic and technological change.
"Without a doubt, the immediate focus is on strengthening closer collaboration between HRDF and the Industrial Skills Training Institutes under the Ministry of Human Resources through HRDF's apprenticeship programme. This will allow for more industry-focused training and development programmes which target both (the) current and future workforce."
Kulasegaran also added that through the HRDF's Graduate Enhancement Programme for Employability (GENERATE), the Ministry and HRDF are looking to establish effective partnerships with public universities and colleges, to provide the industry with job-ready graduates.
Further, the HRDF is also developing a skills matrix in line with industry requirements, to contribute to the up-skilling of employees under HRDF-registered employers.
Apart from this, the HRDF has also announced the appointment of four new board members, named below:
Dato' Raiha Azni
She is a member of the executive leadership team at Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) in the capacity of senior vice-president of group human resource management. As a PETRONAS scholar, she pursued her degree in marketing at Syracuse University in the United States and has been with PETRONAS since 1984. Dato' Raiha is also a member of the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).
Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir
He is the CEO of BTC Group, a highly diversified organisation that operates with four main member-companies under its fold. Datuk Abdul Kadir's entrepreneurial skills won him the Excellent Entrepreneur Award from the Malay Chamber of Commerce (DPMM) for 2009/2010. In addition, Datuk Abdul Kadir also serves as an advisor to Polytechnic Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Sia Tze Yong
A leading retailer with 14 years of vast experience specialising in premium grocery markets in East Malaysia, Sia Tze Yong is the executive director of Everise Departmental Store. Prior to this, he was an academic researcher specialising in the Australian IPO market.
Govindasamy is the deputy president of Educational Welfare and Research Foundation (EWRF), Malaysia and an advisor to EWRF's Tanjong Malim Branch. EWRF, a non-profit organisation well-known for their Civil Society Intervention (CSI), supports primary and secondary students from poor socio-economic backgrounds.