Minister questions price tag, 2-year delay in revamp of govt job portal

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran.

CYBERJAYA: Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran has questioned the cost and delay in revamping a government employment website known as the JobsMalaysia 2.0 portal.

Speaking at a press conference after launching the revamped portal yesterday, he asked why it had cost RM24.5 million for Mimos Bhd to complete its contract.

“I was in India last week and some of the IT experts there told me they could do this at a fraction of the cost.

“Why did this contract cost millions of ringgit? Something is wrong somewhere.”

He added that the company had failed to meet its timeline, noting that the revamp was contracted out in 2015 and scheduled for completion by 2016.

“If you gave it to me, I would have completed it in nine months,” he said.

When asked if he would pursue an investigation into the cost of the revamp, Kulasegaran said his main focus now was to get the portal running and help Malaysians find jobs.

“If there is a case, let the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission handle it.

“The portal serves as a public service and I want JobsMalaysia to be a household name,” he said.

He added that the ministries involved in the revamp should ask themselves why their local IT experts could not perform as well as pioneer job portals such as JobStreet.

The JobsMalaysia 2.0 portal can accommodate 40,000 users concurrently and cater to 19 million registered users.

It serves as a platform for employers to advertise both blue and white-collar jobs and is open to applicants worldwide.