King urges govt to pay attention to jobs for grads.

PUTRAJAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has called on the government to pay attention to issues pertaining to limited job opportunities for graduates of higher learning institutions.

Sultan Abdullah, who is also the Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) chancellor, said although various measures had been taken by the government to generate the nation’s economy, limited employment opportunities were still a worthy agenda.

His Majesty added that if not contained, it would result in a loss to the country and a waste of the government’s investment in higher education.

“I am of the opinion that the country should create an economic sector that opens up highly-skilled employment opportunities. In addition, positive action should be taken to reduce the number of unskilled foreign workers, especially in the service sector, ” he said.

Touching on Budget 2020, which was tabled Friday, Sultan Abdullah advised graduates to seize the opportunities through the various incentives announced such as graduate incentives, incentives to return to work, and incentives for employers to hire local workers.

His Majesty also hoped that UniKL graduates would remove the stigma of being lazy and instead develop a “hunger to gain experience and work”.

A total of 6,083 students received degrees, diplomas and certificates at the convocation yesterday. –


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