KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry believes that the government’s desire to create one million job opportunities as promised in Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s manifesto in the 14th General Election can be achieved within five years.

Its Minister, M. Kulasegaran, said the matter could be achieved based on government initiatives and efforts, including creating 250,000 green jobs during the period.

In fact, he said, within eight months of PH administering the country, employment opportunities had increased by 130,000.

“Our target of creating one million jobs is not a problem. We believe initiatives implemented by the new government can give our children the opportunity to work,” he said during the Ministerial Query session at Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) who wanted to know when the target of creating one million job opportunities would be achieved.

Responding to Shahidan’s original question on measures taken to reduce unemployment, Kulasegaran said various initiatives had been implemented by the government, including job placement programmes that covered career carnivals and open interviews to match potential employees and employers.

“From January to December 2018, a total of 168,677 job seekers have found job placements via the programmes,” he said. – Bernama