PM says govt views seriously engineers\u2019 low starting salary


Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says low starting salaries for engineers could affect the country’s development and economy. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 20, 2022.

THE government takes the issue of the low starting salary of engineers seriously as it can affect youth interest in the profession, Prime Minister Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said. 

He said this could affect the country’s development and economy as the ratio of engineers to the population of Malaysia is much lower when compared to Japan and Germany. 

“Salaries and remuneration in the Civil Service Engineering scheme need to be reviewed, taking into account factors such as engineering expertise and cost of living,” he said at the Board of Engineers Malaysia‘s (BEM) 50th anniversary dinner tonight. 

Ismail also suggested that more serious efforts be made to appoint engineers to fill strategic and policymaking positions in the public service. 

He added that government-linked companies are also urged to appoint engineers to senior management positions, including members of their boards of directors and chief executives. 

To enhance the profession, Ismail said Malaysian engineers should be more aggressive to innovate and produce products and technology with high market value.




“The government always encourages research and development efforts to ensure Malaysia is not only a technology user but also creators and technology producers. This is what we hope for,” he said.

He hopes the amendment to the Registration of Engineers Act 1967 that BEM is currently working on will be expedited so that it can function as an effective and professional supervisory body for the profession to ensure the interests and safety of the public. 

Ismail said the celebrations, with the slogan Committed to Engineering Excellence, shows the maturity of not only BEM, but the entire field of engineering. 

He added that the field requires efficiency, research and the ability to solve complex problems, which would form the main basis for the success of its leaders. 

He said the engineering profession contributes significantly to the country, and Malaysia is now enjoying great progress in the field of engineering technology. 

“The expertise of local engineers allows the infrastructure, manufacturing, telecommunications, petroleum and power generation sectors to be developed to attract foreign direct investment to this country,” he said. 

He said the role played by BEM as the regulator of the profession has helped drive the economy and improve the quality of life of Malaysians, comparable with other countries. – Bernama, August 20, 2022.


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