Structural changes needed in the way we use our human resource

By Chan Huan Chiang

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Market sensitive labour demand is a skills gap When 2009 rolled in there were genuine concerns over the impending retraction of Malaysia's economy. Jobs, especially in Penang, were closely tied with manufactured exports which, in turn, depended much on the health of the US economy faced with the sub-prime crisis. But fears soon gave way to optimism. By March, labour requirements were on the rise through to the end of the year, and continuing into 2010, regarded as a buoyant...

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Chan Huan Chiang

is a senior research fellow at the Penang Institute.