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These jobs will go away by 2030

By 2030, up to 800 million employees could be displaced by automation and will need to find new jobs, according to a new report.

The study released on Friday by McKinsey Global Institute said that within the next 15 years, nearly 15 percent of the global workforce may need to switch jobs, with 75 million to 375 million workers changing occupation categories.

Millions of workers will have different jobs in the not-so-distant future, but their employment depends on how quickly they can adapt to advances in technology.

This shift in labour demand could be larger than anything that we’ve seen in the United States and Europe since the early 1900s when young workers left farms to go work in big cities, McKinsey outlines in its 160-pages of research.

By 2030, up to 9 per cent of labour demand will be in new types of occupations and analysts predict that there will be enough new job creation to offset automation.

However, it all depends on whether workers have the necessary skills to transition i…

Bantah TPPA wants new cost-benefit analysis on resurrected agreement

While economists are largely positive on the resurrection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Bantah TPPA believes that a renewed cost-benefit analysis is warranted to determine the impact of the amended deal on Malaysia.

According to Bantah TPPA deputy chairman Azlan Awang, the previous report has become irrelevant after the US pullout.

“We should do a new cost-benefit analysis because previously we were told that we will achieve economic gain by having access to the US market, but now (with the US pullout) there is no more benefit there – only cost,” he told SunBiz today.

“The people also need to know what are the benefits that they will get as the US is no longer in the pact,” he said.

The TPP covered 40% of the world economy before US President Donald Trump abandoned the 12-nation deal in January, following through on a promise made during his presidential campaign. It is now left with 11 member cou…

Who decides what is moderate?

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By Hafidz Baharom
LET'S have a sepia flashback of growing up in the 1980s, as an example. Girls of all races could wear pinafores. They could skip the headscarf when wearing a baju kurung. Boys could go about in short pants without any issue either.

Sharing a canteen for food was not an issue, nor was drinking from the same water bottle for that matter.

Flashback to the 1960s, and you would see Malay women in skirts and blouses, and tight fitting kebayas. Drinking alcohol led to eye rolling, but nothing more. Dance parties were all the rage, along with sitting around listening to bossa nova.

Let's come back to the present day. Suddenly, you can see a six-year-old girl in a burkini swimming in a pool. A four-year-old is already donning a headscarf while the mother wears a full-faced veil to protect her modesty.

Kids go to prayers at the suraus no longer wearing a baju Melayu or a simple t-shirt with a kain pelikat, but full jubahs wafting with the scent of oud.

Wearing a leotar…

MTUC proposes alternative to EIS

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The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has proposed that employers make a fixed contribution to workers in a separate security fund following their opposition to the Employment Insurance System (EIS),

MTUC president Abdul Halim Mansor said the proposal should be considered by the Government if employers or the Malaysian Employers Federation feels that the EIS is unfair to them.

“If they feel the EIS is too troublesome to employers, perhaps they should look into making it compulsory for all companies to set aside a certain amount, either in a social security fund or a workers’ account, that should they cease operations, workers will get some sort of protection,” he told a press conference at Menara Perkeso yesterday.

He said the allocation should be equivalent to a sum an employee is entitled to under the Employment Termination Lay-off Benefit.

He added that the EIS should not be further delayed as it had been postponed in the previous Parliament meeting.

“If it has reached Parlia…

Malaysia Airlines' never ending search for a CEO

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MALAYSIA Airlines Bhd (MAS) never fails to excite, in that every two or three years, the national airline finds itself embroiled in either a restructuring, controversy or disaster.

The sad thing this time around is that we Malaysians have to read about its CEO Peter Bellew’s planned departure from the Irish Times and the London Stock Exchange.

He could have simply told everyone from the onset instead of denying two weeks ago that he was going to Ryanair.

Instead, he said: “I am not going anywhere’’ and that he was “happy to be the CEO of MAS.’’

For Bellew, it is all about doing national service. He has to serve Ryanair, which is Ireland and Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier.

He has to help his friend Micheal O’Leary, the boss of Ryanair, who is fighting the pilots to stop flight cancellations.

Bellew is hired as COO and, among others, his role is to “calm down” the pilots there. Still, his move took many by surprise and even the MAS board did not know.

But you cannot fully fault Bell…

Adakah RUU SIP akan berjaya dan berkesan?

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Rang Undang-undang Skim Insurans Pekerja (RUU SIP) yang telah dibentangkan buat kali pertama di parlimen yang bertujuan untuk membantu para pekerja yang kehilangan pekerjaan akibat ditamatkan perkhidmatan dijangka tidak akan begitu membebankan para pekerja disektor swasta. Namun, ianya masih bergantung kepada bagaimana skim ini akan dilaksana dan diuruskan kelak.

Ia merupakan satu perbelanjaan tambahan buat majikan dan para pekerja sepertimana caruman yang dibuat selama ini kepada PERKESO dan KWSP. Perniagaan dan industri kecil dan sederhana (SME) dijangka memerlukan lebih masa untuk menyesuaikan diri kerana kumpulan inilah yang merasai impaknya terhadap kos operasi mereka, sementara syarikat gergasi tidak akan merasai impak terhadap kos tersebut kerana kadar caruman yang masih kecil.

RUU SIP yang belum selesai pembentangannya telahpun ditunda ke bulan Oktober ini akan mewajibkan majikan dan pekerja mencarum ke dalam SIP berdasarkan kadar yang bakal ditetapkan mengikut tangga gaji se…

Education sector a victim of politicking?

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This article has earlier appeared in Beritadaily.com on 14/4/2017

Clarification from Putrajaya is urgently required! Is the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) taking precedence over the education sector, to the extent that budgets for public universities and related sectors were slashed.

Does Putrajaya now regard education as of lower priority for our younger generation today? Party politics and the politics of survival have apparently become an important task for Putrajaya, particularly the PMD itself.

When we complain of low productivity and a bloated civil service of about 1.68 million employees, the leadership in Putrajaya decided to slash the budgets for public universities instead without considering the consequences to the coming generations.

A source has been reported as saying that the budget cuts of public universities were some sort of “punishment” because many students and academics had been voicing out against policies and systems of the government. If this is the case, then …