More Malaysians may lose jobs to automation in future, says report

Chan Kok Leong

A robot 'YuMi' prepares hot coffee at the launch of the Bachelor of Engineering Program in Robotics and Automation Engineering of the Panyapiwat Institute of Management Bangkok, Thailand last month. Automation is likely to replace more than 70% or all semi-skilled and 80% of all low-skilled jobs in Malaysia in future. – EPA pic, May 3, 2017.

MORE than half of jobs in Malaysia face a high risk of being lost to automation over the next two decades, with more Malaysians affected than foreign workers, says a report by the Khazanah Research Institute (KRI).

Four of five of these jobs are semi-skilled workers such as factory workers, clerks, and telemarketeers. Also, 90% of these semi-skilled jobs are held by Malaysians.

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