Graduates fail to secure jobs due to poor command of English – Minister


PUTRAJAYA: Poor command of the English language, inability to communicate and lack of self-confidence are among factors why local graduates are unemployable.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abd Wahid Omar said a solution must be found to tackle the problem to ensure graduates do not remain jobless in the future.

The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan had said poor command of the language among fresh graduates lists as one of the top grouses of employers.

“In view of the deficiency, the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) is planning to engage in an immersion programme to enhance training involving communication and presentation, specifically in English to overcome the lack of confidence among graduates,” he said after an exclusive meeting with chief executive officers of 40 private and Government Linked Companies (GLC) who joined the SL1M programme, here yesterday. — Bernama