KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants local youths to improve their personal qualities and attitudes to help them meet the characteristics employers look for in employees, such as committed, diligent, resilient and capable of working as a team.
According to the prime minister, other qualities they should have are a strong desire to learn, ability to work under pressure and a proactive attitude.
Dr Mahathir said this in reply to Ma’mun Sulaiman (Warisan-Kalabakan) on the government’s efforts to reduce the youth unemployment rate and to help them secure jobs, at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.
He said based on the Labour Force Survey Report by the Department of Statistics, the youth unemployment rate was recorded at 10.9 per cent in 2018.
“Among the factors identified to have contributed to youth unemployment in Malaysia were inadequate skills, qualifications and work experience, as well as unmatched skill sets,” he said during the Minister’s Question Time.