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Friday, September 28, 2012

DON’T HIDE UNEMPLOYMENT IN SABAH



CRIMINALS.....Criminal case rise  due to unemployment.

By : FMT STAFF

TAWAU: If what the Sabah government says is true, the state is close to being a paradise for jobseekers. Unfortunately it’s about as true as saying the state is rapidly climbing the ladder to a high level of prosperity with near perfect healthcare, a comprehensive sealed road network, exhaustive piped water supply, uninterrupted power and high standards of education.

Unemployment in Sabah has inched up since 2009 and is the highest in the country, according to records tracking labour trends in various states.
It’s exactly the opposite of what the state Barisan Nasional government is trying to portray as the increase has happened on its watch.

This week a state minister tried to hide the fact by comparing the rates of unemployment in foreign countries with that in Sabah.

Sabah DAP pounced on the omission and contrast by State Youth and Sports Minister Peter Pang at a forum to accuse the government of twisting facts and downplaying the high rate of poverty in the state.

Sabah DAP publicity secretary Chan Foong Hin said that in fact, Sabah recorded the highest rate of unemployment in Malaysia based on the government’s own statistics.

Dismissing the statement by Pang this week that Sabah’s unemployment rate of 5.2% was relatively low despite a growing population, he said this was a distortion of facts.

“Sabah’s jobless population was recorded around 76,900 in 2010. The figure increased to 85,200 in 2011, almost an increase of 10,000 citizens,” he said and urged the government to take action to address the problem rather than hide the truth.

According to the Department of Statistics, Sabah recorded an unemployment of about 5.6% in 2010 when the national average was 3.4%.

Hiding the truth

A breakdown of the figures showed Penang as having the least unemployed with the figure recorded at 2.2%.

Selangor, one of the most industrialised states in the country, recorded a jobless rate of 3% or 0.4% below the national average.

Chan said Pang should not be comparing Sabah to other countries to hide the truth. The fact remains that “we can’t even compare among other states in Malaysia”, he said.

“Other developed countries like the UK, France and Spain recorded higher unemployment

rates than Malaysia, but we hardly compare with these countries in terms of basic infrastructure, social welfare system, income per capital and so on.

“Furthermore, Sabah is still the poorest state with 19.7% of the population marked as poverty class.

“If the BN cannot solve the problem of poverty and joblessness in Sabah, locals will continue to suffer,” he said.

Sabah, he said, will continue to remain a potentially rich state as the government does not know how to manage its human resource capital in suitable areas to leverage the state economy.

Pang told a one-day forum organised by the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) that while the figure of joblessness was higher than the national average, it was lower than that in Australia, France, Spain, Greece, the US and UK.

He said the number of the jobless in the state was small at 85,200 out of a total statewide workforce of 1.64 million.

Many not bothered to register

The number is based on those out of work who had not bothered to register.

There is also the question of whether the state had imported unemployment as the state has a massive number of immigrants, both legal and illegal.

Economic growth in the state is crippled because of the lack of crucial infrastructure such as sealed roads, power supply and even water.

The vast majority of foreign workers in the state are employed in the labour-intensive agriculture and construction industries, which most locals shy away from.

The state government has, meanwhile, declared that Sabah had emerged as one of the top investment destinations in the country and the potential for more jobs coming into the market would grow for skilled workers.

The problem is there aren’t many quality higher learning or skills-training institutions in the state that those who lack qualifications can afford to attend.

19 comments:

  1. In comparison, the unemployment rate in the US and UK is 8.1 per cent while Spain and Greece are at 25.1 per cent and 24.2 per cent respectively.

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  2. There were only about 85,200 unemployed citizens in Sabah last year which is a small figure when compared to the number of foreign labour in the State, especially those in the plantation and the construction sectors.

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  3. " The State government with the Halatuju Agenda also recognised the critical role of human capital development and initiated the Sabah Manpower Requirement Study (2010-2025) to replace the Sabah Manpower Master Plan 1983/84 which is no longer relevant to the current economic environment. "

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  4. SDC has identified the Sandakan Education Hub and the Interior Education Hub as human capital development clusters.

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  5. The Labour Department is urging employers to reconsider the salary offered to school leavers and the unemployed in the state.

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  6. Menjadi persoalan sekarang. Adakah kerana pengangguran ini punca pelbagai jenayah berlaku?>

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  7. Ini kerana ramai yang mengatakan memang punca pengangguran adalah punca utama kenapa pelbagai kes jenayah rompak, ragut, pecah rumah dan sebagainya berlaku.

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    1. ramai jadikan pengangguran sebagai alasan untuk lakukan jenayah. sebenar byk lagi punca rezeki lebih halal.

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  8. Jika benar ini antara puncanya maka kita harap yang mana kerajaan akan mencari jalan penyelesaian bagi menangani isu jenayah yang berlaku sekarang ini.

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  9. Berikan lebih banyak peluang pekerjaan untuk memastikan rakyat dapat mencari rezeki dengan baik.

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  10. Pihak berkuasa juga perlu memainkan peranan yang penting untuk memastikan masalah ini akan dapat ditangani.

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  11. Unemployment in Sabah is relatively low at 5.2% and has not increased despite a population growth.

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    1. The principal statistic on employment for last year showed that there were over 1.64 million in the labour force in Sabah, increasing from almost 1.59 million in 2010 and 1.35 in 2009

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    2. Terdapat hanya kira-kira 85200 rakyat menganggur di Sabah tahun lepas yang merupakan angka yang kecil jika dibandingkan dengan bilangan buruh asing dalam Negeri itu, terutama mereka dalam perladangan dan sektor pembinaan.

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  12. kerajaan negeri dengan Halatuju Agenda juga mengiktiraf peranan kritikal pembangunan modal insan dan memulakan Kajian Keperluan Tenaga Kerja Sabah (2010-2025) untuk menggantikan Pelan Induk Tenaga Sabah 1983/84 yang tidak lagi relevan dengan persekitaran ekonomi semasa.

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    1. Kajian berterusan adalah berasaskan industri dengan Fasa 1 yang meliputi empat industri iaitu pertanian, pembuatan berasaskan sumber, pelancongan dan Teknologi Maklumat & Komunikasi.

      Koridor Pembangunan Sabah telah mengenal pasti Hab Pendidikan Sandakan dan Interior Hab Pendidikan sebagai kelompok pembangunan modal insan.

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  13. byk program kerajaan lakukan untuk kurangkan pengangguran, seperti skim latihan, skim keusahawanan. manfaatkan peluang ini.

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  14. Sabah juga menerima pelaburan bernilai RM23.9 bilion sejak bermulanya Rancangan Malaysia ke-Sepuluh (RMK-10) tahun lepas, hingga suku pertama tahun ini. Keseluruhan daripada jumlah pelaburan itu, RM12.4 bilion atau 53 peratus merupakan pelaburan tempatan, manakala RM11.4 bilion membabitkan pelaburan asing. Pelaburan ini telah menjana sejumlah 14,674 peluang pekerjaan.

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  15. Selain itu, terdapat 31 lagi projek baru (EPP) dikenal pasti untuk dilaksanakan di Sabah bagi meningkatkan pendapatan negara dan mewujudkan peluang pekerjaan seluas-luasnya kepada rakyat di negeri ini. Antara EPP itu, sektor petroleum dan gas menyumbang sebanyak RM18.72 bilion. Nilai Pendapatan Kasar (PNK) yang bakal dihasilkan ialah sebanyak RM12.8 bilion di samping bakal menyediakan 23,119 peluang pekerjaan.

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