In the newly lined up Malaysia cabinet announced yesterday, Datuk Dr. S Subramniam has been appointed the new Human Resource Minister, replacing Dato Wira Dr Fong Chan Onn. Subramaniam is the MIC Secretary General.
The Human Resource Minister is responsible to making sure that the labor and human resources policies are formulated in a fair manner that will benefit all parties. The minister is backed by 9 divisions, namely: Manpower Department, Department of Skills Development, Labor Department (1-Peninsular Malaysia, 2-Sabah and 3-Sarawak), Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), Trade Union Affairs, Industrial Relations Department and Industrial Court.
But most workers and employees in Malaysia would care less about the roles of the Ministry and show little interest except about jobs, and in particular with the Job Clearing System (JCS) introduced by the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELX) which is under the directive of the Human Resource Minister. The JCS is a system implemented to provide an automatic job matching service to job seekers.
Subramaniam will be assisted by Datuk Noraini Ahmad, the Puteri UMNO Chief as the Deputy Minister.