Monday, May 8, 2006

Skill Certification is about Paying $360

Skilled workers who do not seek certification in their relevant fields risk losing out to their competitors.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said without proper certification, workers would find themselves handicapped and sidelined by their competitors.

“Times are changing and consumers are going for those whose skills were certified. This is a global trend," TK Ong said.

I don't know whether he knows what he is talking about; or, whether he is talking about some other thing.

In Malaysia, we have CIDB who certify and registers all workers' skills and competency. Each worker certified are given a "Greencard" that pronounce their skill competency.

So, why the need to have another certification?

However, I wonder how many of you Malaysian knows that, in actual fact, what CIDB does, is basically selling these "Greencard". I have thousands of construction workers who had work under me over the decade. I am clear and can confirm that each of them got the green card after paying the levy ($360) to agents of CIDB and none of them (workers) ever need to be present to demonstrate or being tested for their skills or competencies.

This is Malaysian authorities ... and this is how competencies are certified.

If you don't believe me, please go and interview all the sub-contractors who had to register their workers. Or, alternatively, ask New Straits Time to interview them. Datuk Hamzah, Tan Sri Omar, and Tan Sri Wan Abdul Rahman, please go interview sub-contractors and the workers.

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