Malaysian government has launched a new initiative that aims to provide employment opportunities for youths living in rural areas. According to Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, there are seventy companies across the country that will participate in the Sustainable Community Development Initiative (1MPAK) programme.
Led by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Mr Yaakob said that 1MPAK has attracted firms from various high value industries in Malaysia, including business services, electrical and electronics, as well as automotive and aerospace, to get involved and ensure success of the programme, Bernama reports.
Speaking at the press conference to announce the launch of the 1MPAK on Thursday (Jan 25), he said that the agency has also set the minimum wage of RM1,500 a month for every job opportunity offered in the programme.
As part of MARA’s long term plan, the programme aims to add about 250,000 new jobs in the next 10 years. According to Mr Yaakob, the first phase of the initiative will be held at 26 selected locations across the country.
Bera, Pahang was the first place to hold the first 1MPAK tour. Held on Saturday (Jan 27), the event offered various activities for jobseekers, such as job matching and interviews, entrepreneurship and educational programmes.
Mr Yaakob said that the programme would not only offer job opportunities for degree and diploma graduates, but also to the school leavers who have skills certificates. After the first tour, the agency planned to expand the programme to other locations nationwide to help increase the income of rural people, he added.