Ministry drafts blueprint to face IR4.0


THE Ministry of Human Resources is in the middle of drafting the National Human Resources Blueprint (NHRB) to prepare Malaysia for Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) and resolve issues faced in the labour market.

Minister M Kulasegaran (picture) said the NHRB would analyse the changes and opportunities created in the fields of employment, skills and human capital development to help enhance Malaysia’s economic growth.

“This, in return, shall pave the way for the development of a strategic and comprehensive human resource development plan that will carry out an in-depth analysis pertaining the trend, pattern and issues concerning three main frameworks, which are workforce, workplace and jobs,” he said in his speech at the launch of the Human Resource Convention yesterday.

Kulasegaran said under the workforce’s framework, the NHRB would assess the impact of liberalisation, globalisation, digitalisation, e-commerce, technology advancement and innovation brought upon by IR4.0 towards the Malaysian economy and its implication on the employment for citizens, foreign workers and expatriates.

He said the study would identify and assess the number of the workforce within the Special Target Groups categories, namely the bottom 40% of the household income group, female workers, disabled persons and the elderly.

“The study will also identify and assess the current and future requirements for workforce development through the technical and vocational education and training, lifelong learning and recognition of prior learning.

Under the framework of workplace, Kulasegaran said the ministry had undertaken efforts to carry out amendments to the existing labour legislations, mainly the Employment Act 1995, Trade Unions Act 1959 and Industrial Relations Act 1967.

“This is to ensure that the labour legislation is non-discriminatory, flexible and in line with the international standards as determined by the International Labour Organisation,” he said.

Under the framework of jobs, he said the study would identify and forecast manpower requirements by economic sectors, critical subsectors and occupation categories in line with the needs of the economy for the 2019-2035 period.

“Through this study, the government will be able to forecast manpower supply by levels and fields of study and specialisation from public and private tertiary institutions to cater for future skills need of IR4.0.

“This national blueprint will also enable the government to identify the occupations that can be categorised as knowledge manpower and determine the key or critical occupations required for IR4.0 besides identifying new growth areas,” he added. — Bernama