Carnival to help find employment

Sharifah Hasidah (centre), accompanied by Mohammed (right), visiting booths at the career carnival. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: More than 4,391 job vacancies were on offer from 30 employers at the Sarawak Employment Insurance System (EIS) Social Security Organisation (Perkeso) Career Carnival 2019 at Mydin Hypermart, Petra Jaya, yesterday.

According to Perkeso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Aziz Mohammed, the purpose of the programme was to help those under EIS and had lost employment, and all job seekers including fresh graduates and the disabled.

“In Sarawak alone, up until November this year, 1,751 individuals who had lost employment had applied for EIS benefits and 1,521 of these applications were approved,” he said in his speech, adding that this involved financial aid amounting to RM3.3 million.

He said that Perkeso had developed a job portal system called EIS Job Portal, which gave emphasis on competency and skills in the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“This portal will make it easier for users — be they employers or job seekers — to undergo job matching and identify skill requirements for an advertised job,” Mohammed said.

He said that Kuching was the first location selected in the EIS Perkeso Career Carnival series to exhibit the new facility via an EIS Job Portal booth.

Mohammed (centre) speaks at the press conference. Also seen are Perkeso’s EIS head Datuk Mohd Sahar Darusman (left) and Sarawak Perkeso director Phillip Sangkan. Photo: Ramidi Subari

During a press conference following the official launching of the event, he said that as at 12pm yesterday, 140 job seekers had successfully secured work while 117 would be moving on to the second interview stage.

“We have carried out 12 large-scale programmes such as the one today all over the country and Sarawak is the final location,” he said.

Mohammed said aside from these, 335 mini carnivals had been carried out nationwide.

He said that 37,269 individuals nationwide registered under EIS had lost employment from January to November this year.

Also present during the ceremony were Sarawak Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali representing Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, Perkeso’s EIS head Datuk Mohd Sahar Darusman, Ministry of Human Resource secretary general Datuk Amir Omar, and Sarawak Perkeso director Phillip Sangkan.

Sharifah Hasidah (centre), accompanied by Mohammed (right), visiting booths at the career carnival. Photo: Ramidi Subari