Future IR4.0 challenges should be identified

It is essential to produce more competitive and competent human capital

by NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by TMR FILE

THE Human Resources Ministry (MoHR) urged all of its agencies to study and identify future challenges to prepare for the IR4.0.

Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan (picture) said this is essential to produce more competitive and competent human capital in line with international standards moving towards rapid development.

He stressed that these are not just unemployment issues but to provide competitive human capital because to prepare for future challenges.

“The country and the world are facing IR4.0, maybe many of us will live in a world that we cannot imagine (at this time). The Social Security Organisation not only needs to study the challenges ahead, but is also responsible for identifying appropriate safety nets for the local workforce.

“Human Resource Development Corp and TalentCorp Malaysia Bhd need to identify opportunities for the future and the possibility that existing jobs will disappear when the country reaches IR4.0,” he told reporters after the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between TalentCorp and MARA Corp Sdn Bhd yesterday.

Earlier, Saravanan and Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid witnessed the signing of MoU that targets over 2,000 professional job opportunities to graduates under the MARA education ecosystem which consists of students of MARA Educational Institutions and students under MARA’s sponsorship.

TalentCorp acting as a liaison between MARA and the stakeholders in their network will offer existing initiatives such as Nurturing EXpert Talent, Structured Internship Programme, Talent Mobility, Semester Break Programme, Young Employable Student and #KisahSiswa to MARA’s graduates.

Saravanan said the MoU is in line with the commitment of the MoHR to empower the Malaysian workforce from the effects of future pandemics, TalentCorp, through this collaboration will act as a facilitating agency in helping MARA identify gaps and challenges as well explore proactive solutions together.

“This effort is also in line with the strategic objectives of the 12th Malaysia Plan to prepare Malaysian families facing the post-pandemic, especially to realign the labour market for inclusive and sustainable growth and developing the talent of the future,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mahdzir believed this collaboration can be a link between the career paths of MARA’s graduates with a network of companies in various industries as well as provide a more significant career space with better opportunities offered to MARA students.

“Both parties will also develop special programmes to suit human capital development and marketability of MARA graduates to ensure that graduates are able to meet the demands of the industry and have a high market-ability in the working environment,” he said.