Focus on skills, income and wellbeing – Sec-Gen

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 – Secretary-General Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the people’s skills, income and wellbeing should always be elevated as the country is in dire needs of workers.

This demands the government and employers to improve their skills to remain competitive and get higher pay.


“The skills of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) school leavers must be enhanced,” he said.

He earlier acknowledged how 4.7 million or 31.6 per cent of 14.2 million working Malaysians possess various certificates, diplomas and degrees.

The fact was unveiled during question and answer session at the Dewan Rakyat.

The Pontian MP later delivered a speech at the MTUC National 2021 seminar.

“I notified MTUC the needs to upgrade the workers’ skills and income, and the same time looking after their livelihood.

“If only 31.6 per cent of the 14.2 million workers are holders of certificates, diplomas and degrees, this means 68.4 per cent possess SPM certificate or less.

“That is why we need to improve their skills because their salary will go up in tandem,” he said while cited the amendment to the Work Act to improve the welfare of about 14 million workers.

“Oleh itu mesti tingkatkan kemahiran 68.4 peratus itu agar gaji mereka boleh meningkat,” katanya lagi.