Sim: National human resources policy framework to be finalised in May

PUTRAJAYA: The 2024-2030 National Human Resources Policy Framework, which is being developed and aimed at addressing gaps within the Human Resources Ministry's existing policy, is expected to be finalised and announced in May.

Its minister, Steven Sim, said several town halls and engagement sessions have been held since January, involving various stakeholders, to get their input and feedback on the framework.

"We are hosting this mega town hall with about 1000 participants from diverse sectors, including public and private, as well as employers, labour unions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)."

He said the primary objective of the town hall session was to foster a culture of democracy by seeking input from stakeholders on future government policies.

He said this after the town hall session for the 2024 - 2030 Malaysian Human Resources Policy Framework at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here today.

Present was his deputy, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad.

Among the issues identified during the event were the presence of potential gaps in current policies related to green industries, artificial intelligence and digital industries, and the need to eliminate bureaucracy.

"In the health sector, employees want to see better employee benefits, better salaries or a more conducive work environment."

Sim said he acknowledged the significance of the care economy as a real economy sector, adding that his ministry was exploring ways to enhance skills for workers in the sector and provide them with a comprehensive social protection.

Meanwhile, he said the ministry had set up a portal which will operate from today until April 18, to allow the public to provide feedback on the policy.

He said after April 18, the ministry would compile all feedbacks received and study them.

He said those deemed appropriate would be included in the framework.

"The portal is open to all citizens to provide feedback on the policy framework being developed. We are conducting engagement sessions and providing feedback mechanisms to everyone.

"Therefore, I hope the National Human Resources Policy Framework, which will be announced in May, will receive support and endorsement from all parties," he said.

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