Thursday, January 27

2,706 in Sabah lose jobs this year.

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Yakub (centre) witnesses the handing over of job offer letter to an applicant while Salwati (third left), Zainuddin (second right) and others look on.

KOTA KINABALU (Nov 29): A total of 2,706 people in Sabah have lost their jobs between January 2019 and November 12 this year.

Sabah Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Haji Yakub Khan said this is based on Sabah Social Security Organization (Socso) statistics.

Nevertheless, Sabah Socso has successfully secured employment for 11,911 job seekers as of November 15.

Yakub said that when officiating at ‘Karnival Kerjaya Perdana 2021’ jointly organized by the Department of Human Resources Development (JPSM) and Socso.

The career carnival offers 2,680 job vacancies by 19 participating private companies from Sabah, West Malaysia and Labuan.

Yakub said the career carnival aimed to assist job seekers and those who lost their jobs in effort to reduce unemployment.

Early next year, he said the carnival would be held in other districts, including Sandakan, Keningau and Tawau, to offer the same employment opportunities to people in other parts of Sabah.

“I hope private companies that are seeking workers will participate in the programme.

“With cooperation from the private sector, we will be able to offer more job opportunities to the people in Sabah.”

Aside from the career carnival, Yakub said the government also provided job opportunities via the MYFutureJobs and Sabah Jobs Portal platforms.

Between January 1 and November 12 this year, 64,695 job vacancies in Sabah were advertised by employers on MYFutureJobs portal.

In line with the initiatives by the Sabah Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation under the Human Capital Development Plan, Yakub said 2,000 participants would undertake the Train and Place programme managed by JPSM every year.

He said the JPSM also implemented the Sabah Talent and Entrepreneurship Programme to produce more young entrepreneurs.

He urged youths to take advantage of the facilities, programmes and platforms provided by the government to seek jobs.

Earlier, Yakub said JPSM had organized 72 online skills courses during the movement control order (MCO) period, and the department was planning to implement one course for the 73 state constituencies in Sabah.

“Despite the obstacles, JPSM has successfully held 183 various courses.”

He added that JPSM through the Commercial and Technical Training Institute (ILTP) offered skills courses to equip youths with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and commerce skills for them to secure jobs or kick start their own business.

He said students who achieved outstanding results in ILTP would be given opportunity to further their studies to diploma or degree level as well, as a result of collaboration with higher learning institutions with scholarship from the State Government.

Also present were Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Zainuddin Aman, Sabah JPSM director Tianinum Iping and Socso deputy director Salwati Abdul Karim.