Jobseeker News in Brief (April 2009)

For a more effective tax returns.

The 30th of April marks the deadline for Malaysians to submit their income tax returns. It’s tough time and the pressure from the global economic downturn will not be helpful to set you in the right frame of mind when filing your returns.

Is there a way can we minimise our tax liabilities? According to The Star newspaper, there are many ways to reduce it, and most of us are not aware of them. Read on here

Malaysian Sony staff can keep their jobs

At least 15,000 locals have had their jobs “certified safe” – thanks to a turn of events in Japan, reported The Star.

Sony Corp in Tokyo, hard hit by the global crunch, has decided to downsize and move part of its operations here to save costs.

Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Masahiko Horie (pic) said that with this development, up to 15,000 Sony em- ployees in the company’s four plants in Malaysia could keep their jobs.

may face full-blown recession

There is a 50% chance Malaysia will fall into a “full-blown” recession this year, said Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) executive director Prof Datuk Mohamed Ariff Abdul Kareem told the media.

“Technical recession is almost certain. The 1.3% (real gross domestic product (GDP) forecast in January) is considered optimistic. In fact, I think the best-case scenario will be 0.5% growth this year.

“We forecast the first half year will have negative growth but hopefully the second half will show some positive figure, which will give us 0.5% growth,” he said, adding that MIER would review again the GDP as a lot of development has taken place since the last forecast.


Free Skills Training For Retrenched Workers

Retrenched workers can attend a skills training course for free by the end of this month to equip themselves for the job market.

In a report by The Star, Human Resource deputy secretary-general (policy) Mohd Sharif Hussin said the government would bear cost of training to be held at Industrial Training Institutes (ILPs).

"The government will pay RM500-RM3,000 for each participant. With the skills acquired at ILPs, the workers can find new jobs or wait for our call for placement.

"We have also discussed with employers, mostly from the private sector, on the recruitment of skilled workers. About 2,700 have been taken in," he told reporters.

JobsMalaysia To Offer Police And Armed Forces Vacancies

JobsMalaysia, the Human Resource Ministry's employment portal aims to portray a new corporate image by offering job opportunities in the police and armed forces, said Bernama.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam said it was among the ministry's efforts to integrate job vacancies in the public and private sector via JobsMalaysia at

"The job vacancies in the police and armed forces is in addition to the government sector and will help diversify job opportunities," he told reporters after launching a job placement programme recently.

JobsMalaysia, the largest employment hub for the public and private sector, is a one-stop centre for jobseekers who will be matched to the vacancies based on knowledge and skills.

15,000 jobs every month

THE Human Resources Ministry will create 15,000 jobs every month in the public and private sectors and start on job counselling soon as part of the plans under the mini budget, said minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam in a media report.

He said the ministry would get down to work immediately to ensure the stimulus plan would have an impact on the grassroots.

Programmes to move job opportunities from foreign workers to local workers too would take effect soon since double levy is imposed on employers (except for construction, plantation and domestic maid sectors), he said.


Government jobs for 3,000 ICT grads

There will be a silver lining soon for 3,000 unemployed information and communications technology (ICT) graduates as the Government will spend RM72mil for them to become facilitators in schools with SchoolNet connectivity nationwide, The Star newspaper reported.

Energy, Water and Communication Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said that under the internship programme the graduates would be paid a RM1,000 monthly allowance for two years to help them weather the economic slowdown.

He said the programme, to begin in June, would give priority to rural schools.

“We also hope the 3,000 graduates will take this opportunity to continue to improve their ICT expertise and knowledge,” he said.

(Source: Jobsdb Malaysia)