The Malaysian Employers Federation says subsidies should be given to those earning RM4,000 and below.
Official global unemployment shot up by 1.1%, or 33 million more people, to a total of 220 million and a worldwide jobless rate of 6.5% last year.
The social stigma surrounding dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs is still too much of a deterrent, even in the present economic situation.
However, 120,296 out of 372,934 job seekers also found work during the same period.
The new economic class brings with it more challenges to the government's fight against poverty.