Assistant minister claims ‘full employment’ in Sarawak

Sarawak Assistant Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Minister Len Talif Salleh (centre) at the press conference for the Sarawak Career and Training Fair.

KUCHING: A Sarawak assistant minister has slammed a claim by the Sarawak Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) stating that the state government has failed to provide jobs for youths in the state.

Assistant Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Minister Len Talif Salleh said the unemployment rate in Sarawak is 3.8% — which is considered as full employment.

MTUC should check its facts before coming up with such a statement, he said at a press conference for the Sarawak Career and Training (SCaT) Fair here today.

He said the state government had created a lot of jobs through foreign investments.

Len said MTUC could go through the records of companies at the Samalaju Industrial Park and Samajaya High-Tech Park here and find out how many Sarawakians were employed here.

He said he was not talking only about low-paid jobs but at various levels.

Following the recent detention of 40 Sarawakians in Cambodia for allegedly being involved in online gaming activities, Sarawak MTUC secretary Andrew Lo had urged the government to prioritise job creation in the state.

“Sarawak produces 40,000 SPM and STPM graduates annually and we have to make sure they get to pursue their studies and obtain jobs.”

He added that the youths are quite selective when it comes to jobs.

“Some of them go out of their comfort zones looking for experience.

“For example, some choose to work in the Middle East, not because they want better income but they prefer to be independent.”