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Offer workers above minimum wage, employers told

Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan

Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan

KOTA KINABALU:  Employers should offer workers above the mininum wage in the 3D (dangerous, difficult and dirty) sectors to attract more youths into these sectors, said Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan today.

Tawfiq said the reason why Malaysian youths were unwilling to work in the 3D sectors was because employers were not paying them wages or salary commensurating with the nature of their work.

He cited an example of a local male employed in the construction sector who was earning only around RM600 per month compared to those with skilled training in the petroleum industry who were receiving RM4,000 to RM5,000 per month.

“Many youths are happy to work in the petroleum sector despite unpleasant conditions they have to put up with but are staying because of a higher salary and better allowance,” he told reporters after opening the Youth Talent Festival (YTF) 2016 at University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) on Saturday.

ON YTF, Tawfiq said the festival themed ‘Youth on the Move’ not only gives opportunities for youngsters to showcase their talents but is a step in the right direction. – BERNAMA

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