Emphasize on technical skills not university degrees

Emphasize on technical skills not university degrees

KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran urged Malaysian Indians to put more emphasis on technical skills over degree certificates in a bid to gain employment.

“In the urban sector, I hope that the less fortunate takes up any opportunities that they can get.  It is difficult to get workers for certain sectors,” he said.

“I regret that many parents still tell their children to go to the universities and get degrees to get work.  In countries such as Taiwan and Korea, technical skills are given the emphasis,” he added.

He said this at the launch of two books, Class Race and Colonialism in Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History of Malaysian Indians by Michael Stenson and The Malaysia Estates Staff Provident Fund 1947-2017 by Jayaraj C Rajarao.

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran launches Class Race and Colonialism in Peninsular Malaysia: A Political History of Malaysian Indians and The Malaysia Estates Staff Provident Fund 1947-2017

The launch was held at Wisma Tun Sambanthan yesterday evening.

Kulasegaran further said that lesser emphasis would be given for graduates from the social sciences and humanities.

“The technical and vocational education and training (TVET) courses are under my ministry. There are Malay and Chinese students but there are hardly ten percent of Indians.

“The prime minister has agreed to relook into the contribution of the humanities to the economy but in a smaller amount than the current numbers.

“There is a need to reskill and upskill workers.”

He also noted that the welfare of workers should be a matter of importance.

“Having a focus on welfare of workers is paramount.  There must be a strong economy and big hearted economy.”

By: K Pragalath


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