Tuesday, July 14

Future national growth to be backed up by national productivity growth: Najib


KUCHING: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the focus in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) will be to further raise the skills of the workers and to have future national growth backed up by growth in national productivity.

The Prime Minister said, for that purpose, attention would be given to vocational type training aspects not only through government initiatives but also by involving private sector participation.

He said Malaysia could no longer able to continue competing with cheap labour alone and, if it continued, the country would remain as a developing or third world country.

“At present skilled workers (in the country) numbered only 25.3 per cent while 61.8 per cent are those moderately skilled and the rest are lowly skilled. As such in the 11MP, which I will table next month, we want to focus on productivity led growth,” he said at the national level 2015 Labour Day celebration at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

The Labour Day celebration, themed ‘Healthy workers, Healthy Productivity’ this year, recorded a historic milestone as it was the first time being held outside the peninsula and attended by about 10,000 people.-Bernama