PUCHONG, 15 May 2020 – Due to the ongoing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic impact on Malaysia, many people, especially the youths, are struggling to maintain their current employment or are facing issues to secure potential job opportunities and to upskill or reskill themselves. Therefore, as part of Ministry of Youth & Sports (KBS)’s Ramadhan program 2020 as officially announced by YB Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Bin Naina Merican, Minister of Youth & Sports, on 4th May 2020, KBS is working with multiple agencies across various ministries to organize a few campaigns, which are #BeliaBekerja, #BeliaCelikDuit and #BisnesOrangMuda, to aid the Malaysian Youths in securing employment opportunities; to further educate them on financial literacy during this period; and to expand the youths’ soft and hard skills via a series of videos to help them generate additional income.

In order to address the public’s concern of unemployment, KBS in collaboration with Impact Malaysia and Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp), under the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR), will be organizing a virtual career fair called #BeliaBekerja. #BeliaBekerja will be held from 18th May to 22nd May 2020 via the beliabekerja.com portal. Due to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), traditional career fair events have been severely curtailed and have impacted job seekers tremendously. With the #BeliaBekerja, both employers and jobseekers are able to participate in the recruitment process wherever they are. Given its role as the national agency driving Malaysia’s talent strategy, this collaboration also dovetails with TalentCorp’s efforts in ensuring that young Malaysian talents are future-ready and prepared for the demands of a changing employment landscape.

Moreover, financial education has never been more important in today’s environment. Participating effectively in the financial system can improve the economic wellbeing of individuals and businesses. Therefore, KBS collaborates with Impact Malaysia and Credit Counselling & Debt Management Agency (AKPK) to equip Malaysians with financial knowledge under the #BeliaCelikDuit campaign to persevere through these financially challenging times. #BeliaCelikDuit will focus on financial management topics like cash flow management, wealth management, borrowing basics and managing debt for youth. AKPK is an agency established in 2006 by Bank Negara Malaysia to educate, advise and assist individual borrowers and potential borrowers for free in managing their finances and debts. Executing its mandate, AKPK has worked with many smart partners, in providing financial education to the community. These programs will be conducted via AKPK’s online portal www.power.akpk.org.my.

Align with KBS’s initiative, Impact Malaysia organizes Impact Malaysia Ramadan Program consisting of three main pillars which are #BisnesOrangMuda, “Takeover Ramadan” and “Chillax Ramadan”. Through these programs, Impact Malaysia aims to invite Malaysian youths to experience Ramadan in a meaningful way through a series of inspirational videos on Islamic values, and a series of business and self-improvement classes. #BisnesOrangMuda is a program in collaboration with Me.reka and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) along with industry experts to help the youths upskill and reskill themselves, and to help young entrepreneurs grow their businesses. For “Takeover Ramadan” and “Chillax Ramadan”, Impact Malaysia aims to motivate and inspire youths to transform themselves into better individuals through a series of webinars and sharing sessions with experts. Interested participants can register at http://tiny.cc/impactyouthramadhan.

For further information of KBS Ramadan Program 2020 and Impact Malaysia, kindly visit https://impact.my/, Facebook/Twitter at @impactdotmy, or Instagram at @impactmsia. More information on TalentCorp can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @talentcorpmsia.