SERDANG – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced an increase in the monthly allowance of the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) to RM2,000 , from RM1,500 previously.
Besides motivating the trainees, he said the allowance was increased because the government understood their needs, with most of them coming from various background.
He said SL1M Chief Secretariat Norashikin Ismail had whispered to him to announce something as a gift for SL1M trainees.
“…and after looking at the life and background of SL1M trainees, I announce the monthly allowance for trainees be increased to RM2,000 from RM1,500 previously,” he said in his speech when opening the Central Zone-level of the Open Interview for SL1M) at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps) here today.
The two-day programme is offering more than 15,000 employment opportunities for graduates and job-seekers.
Also present were Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Huazong president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, China Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian, as well as 1,000 members of the Chinese community and business leaders.
Huazong is the umbrella body for some 118 Chinese guilds and associations nationwide.
The Prime Minister also assured that under his leadership, Malaysia-China bilateral relations would continue to be further strengthened.
He said the BN government had, from early on through his father, the late Tun Abdul Razak, had recognised the importance of establishing special links with China, and by forging diplomatic ties with China in 1974, the decision had brought mutual benefits not just for the Chinese community here, but Malaysia as a whole.
He said the relationship continued to flourish and that even China President Xi Jinping had remarked that Malaysia-China relations was today at it’s all time high.
On another note, Najib reaffirmed his commitment that the present government under his leadership would continue to provide political and economic stability for all Malaysians to prosper.
“As your Prime Minister, I pledge to continue to be fair, moderate and inclusive, so we will develop Malaysia together,” he said, noting that relationship between various ethnic communities in the country will continue to be the important facet of its political system and Malaysian way of life.
He said this was evident when Malaysia achieved. 5.9 percent growth last year, while inflation and unemployment were kept low.
He also assured that the Chinese community would not be deprived of the access to Chinese education and the government would allow opening up of more Chinese schools, where the need arose. – BERNAMA