M Kula Segaran- Bernama file photo
PUTRAJAYA: The memorandum of cooperation (MoC) for Malaysia to send semi-skilled workers to Japan has not been finalised, said Human Resource Minister M Kula Segaran.
“TheMoC with Japanis still being drafted and is not finalised at themoment,he said in a statement today following recent news that Malaysia would sign MoC with Japan, which received mixed response.
Kula Segaran in response to critics, saidit was unfair to deny Malaysians good jobs overseas and it wouldbefoolish to think that Malaysians would not seek jobs overseas even if a formal deal isnot reached.
“At least with a formal deal, there would be better protection and monitoring of these Malaysians and their development could also be monitored, he said.
There areapproximately one million Malaysians working abroad, with 500,000 of them working in Singapore alone, he said.
Kula Segaran saidMalaysians working in Japan would not only be earning good wages but also gainexperience in skills and technologieswhichwould be broughtback to Malaysia on their return.
Malaysians would also be exposed to a very professional workforce in Japan which hasthe highest of standards and ethics, he said.
“The hope is that they will emulate these ethics and teach younger Malaysians that same principleswhen they return to the country, he said.
Kula Segaran also stressed it would not be easy to qualify to work in Japan as only those assessed by the Japan government with the skillsand competenceinJapanese language would be considered.
“Justthink how much our country will benefit from that in line withthe recently reactivated Look East Policy (LEP),” he said.
He pointed out that Philippines and India arealready reaping the benefits of exporting their talent overseas.
Malaysia, he said hasto move in a similar direction to embrace automation the Industrial Revolution 4.0 will bring, where most jobs would evolve into more skilful and technical ones.
“Besides Malaysians overseas also usually remit a large sum of money meant for their families or loved ones, which means there will be more disposable income in the country, he said.
“Malaysia Baharu will soon consist of a highly skilled and well-paid workforce, but before that we need to skill, re-skill and up-skill ourselves as well as venture into new terrain to learn good working ethics and increase our productivity as well as study their technology so that Malaysia can benefit too,” he added. – Bernama
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