Monday, 11 March 2019
SO WHAT NOW! MOVE UP THE VALUE CHAIN TO WHAT ???
Electronic assembly plants have provided provided thousands of jobs for ordinary Malaysians since the early 1970s and now in Penang - dubbed as "Silicon Island" are downsizing, retrenching workers and have been having periodic plant shutdowns, according to the secretary of the Penang division of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).
This downsizing and shutdowns are blamed on a slowdown in global demand for electronic products but that's cold comfort for those workers impacted.
So what are the federal government and Penang state government going to do to help these workers who are so affected?
Provide them with retraining to enable them to move up the skills chain to be employable in higher value-added work?
However, even if they all can successfully upskill themselves, are there enough jobs higher up the skills and value chain for them all?
Report of 11 March 2019 carried by Aliran follows below:-