Friday, 9 December 2016

Get rid of negative mindset on blue-collar jobs — Abdul Karim

December 9, 2016

Abdul Karim (left) receiving a memento from Syeed Mohd during the event held at Centex Kuching, Jalan Sultan Tengah.
KUCHING: Youths in Sarawak should not have the mindset that only white-collar jobs offer lucrative salaries.

In fact, blue-collar jobs are fast replacing white-collar jobs in terms of paying lucrative salaries.

This was revealed by Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in his speech during the launch of ‘Program Cekal: IPT Bebas Dadah’ at Centre of Technical Excellence (Centex) at Jalan Sultan Tengah here yesterday.

The event was jointly organised by Sarawak Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (Pemadam) and Centex.

Centex CEO Syeed Mohd Hussien Wan Abdul Rahman and other officials were present.

“In certain developed countries like South Korea, blue-collar jobs are much more lucrative than white-collar jobs,” Abdul Karim pointed out.

“After visiting a few developed countries, I came to the conclusion that blue-collar jobs are more in demand by most youths there as they pay better. I hope youths in our country, especially in Sarawak, get to see this become a reality soon,” he said.

It would enable more youths to secure better paid jobs, especially with the modern industries around the country and the world that need efficient workers.

He expected more youths to take up technical courses or skills training to become more employable.

They will be able to get jobs once they finish technical training unlike graduates who remain unemployed because they cannot use their qualifications in jobs available in the market.

“At the moment, there are a lot of unemployed graduates (in the country) mainly because they come from disciplines that are not marketable. The government is encouraging youths to take up courses that can get them jobs after leaving college or university.

“I hope youths can earn more for themselves and their families through acquired skills,” said Abdul Karim.

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