More than 376,000 people managed to find jobs as of Sept 10 through initiatives implemented by the government, exceeding the target of creating 354,276 job opportunities in the first nine months of the year, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.
“This shows that the government’s goal of creating 500,000 job opportunities this year will be achieved,” Ismail said following a meeting by the National Employment Council (NEC) chaired by him last night.
The NEC comprises the chief secretary to the government, 12 ministers as well as 12 representatives from the private sector.
Ismail said the government had also managed to create over 97,000 new jobs through domestic investment.
He also announced the National Job Creation Strategic Plan (NJCSP), to be managed by several task forces under the NEC.
“The government is confident that NEC’s strategies, including the implementation of the NJCSP, will help the momentum of economic recovery and job creation, as well as address issues of labour shortages in certain sectors, equal opportunities for the vulnerable and the related problem of remuneration,” he said.
The NEC was established under former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, with the finance ministry tasked with coordinating initiatives between ministries and government agencies in creating job opportunities as part of efforts to help tens of thousands who lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.