Government strives to create jobs, says Agong

Kuala Lumpur, 18 May 2020- The government will continue to work towards creating employment opportunities for the people, including in the field of entrepreneurship.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said entrepreneurship is the core mover of the nation’s economic development.

“We welcome strategies and initiatives to develop more small and medium enterprises towards transforming Malaysia into a leading entrepreneurial nation by 2030,” he said in his royal address when opening the first meeting, the third term of the 14th Parliament, here, today.

Meanwhile, the King said the education system will be facing a new normal especially post Covid-19 era.

He said the collaboration of higher learning institutions with various stakeholders should be intensified to produce knowledgeable, highly skilled, and competitive human capital.

“We hope that investment in research, development and innovation will be intensified to develop the human capital needed to keep up with current developments specifically in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We also strongly support the strengthening of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to equip the youth to face new challenges in the workplace.”

Also, he said the government will continue to develop a sustainable agriculture-based commodity industry.

Sultan Abdullah said it would be supported by quality research and development as well as efforts to increase demand including at the global market.

“In order to improve agricultural output and safeguard national food security, emphasis should be placed on automation, usage of modern technology, quality seeds, fertilisation and irrigation systems, control of diseases and consolidation of agricultural areas,” he said.

-NST