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Programme launched to help youths in rural Malaysia find jobs

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Youths in rural areas of Malaysia will benefit from employment opportunities from the seventy companies who will be involved in the Sustainable Community Development Initiative (1MPAK) programme, Bernama reports.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the launch of 1MPAK yesterday (Jan 24), which is led by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA).

He said the companies to participate in 1MPAK were from high value industries, such as automotive, aerospace, business services, electrical and electronics.

“We have also set the minimum wage of RM1,500 a month for every job opportunity,” he told a press conference at the launch.

The programme, which will be held at 26 locations around the country in its first phase, will begin its first tour on January 27 in Bera, Pahang, offering activities such as job matching, interviews, entrepreneurship and educational programmes.

1MPAK will be providing job opportunities to school leavers with skills certificates, in addition to degree and diploma holders, Ismail Sabri stated.

He added: “After this, we will expand the programme to other locations across the country to help increase the income of rural people.”

The programme is said to be part of MARA’s long term plan to create about 250,000 jobs within the next 10 years.

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