LAUNCHING.... Minister of Resource Development and IT Dr Yee Moh Chai together with the Ministry's Permanent Secretary Bruno Vun (right) and Principal Assistant Secretary of the Ministry Moira David (left) lat the launching of the Sabah Job Expo 2012.
By : ELAINE MAH
The Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology, led by Datuk Dr. Yee Moh Chai continues its bid to tackle unemployment in the state with various programmes planned for 2013.
According to Dr. Yee, among the Ministry’s programmes is the second phase study on Sabah's Manpower Planning Requirement 2010 – 2025, which will serve as a preliminary step towards fulfilling the demand of manpower in the state.
Dr. Yee told reporters this after officiating the annual Sabah Job Expo at Suria Sabah Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu today.
“The study is a roadmap on the manpower supply and demand over the next 15 years,” he said.
According to Dr. Yee, the study will give a clearer picture of the manpower requirements of the state, and will focus on the needs of the various ongoing projects. They include the Sabah Development Corridor projects, the oil and gas industry, the fast-growing tourism industry and the palm oil industry – all of which will generate mass employment opportunities.
“We need to understand the job requirements and the labour demand of these sectors. At the same time, we also need to know what sort of facilities we need to put in place to produce skilled workers," he said.
Dr. Yee stressed that there is a need for the state to be well equipped in terms of producing the right workers for the right jobs to ensure that it has the trained manpower to carry out its ongoing and future development projects.
“We must position ourselves and put in place all the necessary training facilities, and do so together with the private sector to ensure that the development of the state and the country as a whole will not be hampered or delayed because of a lack of training facilities, or because of a mismatch of training with the manpower needs at any given time,” he said.
ENCOURAGING..... Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology Dr. Yee Moh Chai (left) together with his Permanent Secretary Bruno Vun (right) encouraging the youths during the expo.
Commenting on the job expo, Dr. Yee said that the Ministry constantly faces the problem of unemployment on the one hand and labour shortage on the other.
“We always find ourselves in a lose-lose situation,” he said.
Therefore, according to Dr. Yee, the purpose of the job expo is to try and match suitable employees with employers.
The two-day expo features 41 participating companies offering over 2,500 jobs.
Among job seekers who attended the expo is 40 year-old Supian bin Mus. Supian, who works as a 'free-lancer' in the transportation industry. He is looking at careers in the service industry.
Nurimah Mahmmud, 26, has a Diploma in Healthcare. Having worked in a clinic before, Nurimah is looking for a career outside healthcare to broaden her experience. She praises the Ministry for the job expo which offers a more convenient way to look for a job.
“It is easier to look for a job here where all the companies are gathered together, rather than searching on the Internet and newspapers,” she said. (Insight Sabah)