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Pakatan jobs promise criticised

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PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat's recently unveiled manifesto, which includes a promise to create an additional one million jobs, has been rubbished by the government.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said it was normal for the opposition to promise many 'goodies'. However, he added, they always failed to fulfil even their basic promises.

"How will the one million jobs be created and in which sectors would these jobs be? These details are still vague in its manifesto."

The government, on the other hand, he said, had achieved its aim of creating 330,000 jobs a year.

He said that the ministry's plan was well defined and micro-managed, spelling out the targetted sectors and the number of workers.

He lashed out at the opposition coalition's claim that there were three million unskilled young workers in the country.

He said between 26 and 28 per cent of Malaysian workers possessed high skills.

He said the ministry aimed to increase this to 33 per cent by 2015 and to 50 per cent by 2020.

Dr Subramaniam added that by 2020, the additional 50 per cent of workers would also be highly skilled workers.

"We have done our homework and have the complete data to prove what we say, unlike PR which keeps on making claims and promising many unlikely goodies."

Dr Subramaniam was speaking to the press after launching the Human Resources Development Fund Training Carnival Week here yesterday.


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