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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) recently held a one day event at the MIDA HQ in KL Sentral to leverage on MIDA’s close contact with investors to provide a valuable platform to connect job seekers with a diverse range of employment options.
From a total of 57 participating companies, more than 7,000 vacancies were offered. In fact, the majority (76.9%) of the openings, were in the skilled level for the managerial, professional and technical, as well as technicians and associate professionals categories, while the rest were in the semi to low-skilled levels such as craft related workers and customer service & sales workers.
Meanwhile, MIDA is also embarking on a talent initiative with some manufacturing companies to provide job opportunities specifically to youths who are homeless, underprivileged and unable to secure employment due to their circumstances. For a start, MIDA has engaged with QSR Brands, Yakult and Coca-cola Bottlers to offer a total of 216 job vacancies to youths in these categories under its new ‘Talent CSR@MIDA’ initiative.
Speaking at the event, international trade and industry minister Dato’ Seri Mustapa Mohamed said: “There is a lot to be done as no amount of growth is enough for Malaysia if it is not paired with the creation of jobs for our people. I am glad we are all taking active steps in making jobs easily accessible.”
“I was told that MIDA is developing a database of job seekers via the online submission of resume on the MIDA website. Given the close contact MIDA has with companies, the agency is able to stay updated with the direction the industries are moving and can identify the type of talents required,” he added.
According to him, MIDA will ramp up efforts in meeting the talent needs of companies and match job seekers with potential employers using this database. Dato’ Seri Mustapa said: “I would like encourage more job seekers to seize this opportunity to register their interest with MIDA via the virtual platform on their website.”
Also present at the event were ambassadors, representatives from business chambers and associations, C-level executives, top MITI officials as well as Dato’ Azman Mahmud, CEO of MIDA.
“Fifty years is an exciting milestone. It is not just an occasion to celebrate but an opportunity to look back and appreciate the foundation laid by our predecessors and a moment to look ahead at the mountains we have yet to climb. The programme lined up today serves to showcase MIDA’s signature role and functions in connecting with our stakeholders to create positive impact towards fulfilling the country’s aspirations in becoming a high income nation,” said Dato’ Azman.
Towards effectively utilising the occasion, MIDA also had an Industry Exhibition which serves to inform the public on the developments of the main industries that have contributed significantly to the country’s economic growth.
On the topic of Industry 4.0, the minister also highlighted that, “We need to look at technology, not as a competitor for our jobs but our partner in creating quality jobs. Like it or not, technology which includes automation and robotics, is here to stay.”
“We owe it to ourselves to use it to our advantage or risk allowing our competitors use it to our disadvantage. This is why the government is prioritising innovation and encouraging the adoption of Industry 4.0 elements such as Smart Manufacturing and Automation to build greater economies of scale. We are not just talking about this but we want to address the challenges and make progressive steps forward. By the end of this year, MITI targets to table the National Policy on Industry 4.0 to the Cabinet,” he concluded.
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