Demand up for foreign workers in Malaysia

Date Posted: October 20th, 2017 10:42 AM

Filipino production workers who are seeking employment abroad may consider working in Malaysia, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur said yesterday.

 

In a report to the labor department, the KL POLO said employment opportunities came about after the Malaysian Government decided to ease limits on foreign workers to address the problem of companies who lack manpower for their expansion.

 

Quoting the STAR (Malaysia), the POLO in Kuala Lumpur said that export-oriented manufacturers can apply for 100 percent foreign workforce to fill low-level jobs in line with the Government’s aim to maintain Malaysia’s competitiveness in the global supply chain.

 

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said priority would be given to manufacturing companies that export their products, but for production workers only.

 

The main problem faced by the companies, Mohamed said, was the lack of manpower needed to expand their business to meet the growing demand from international buyers.

 

The Deputy Home Minister also added that the decision was made because Malaysians were not keen to work in production lines. He added that the ratio of local to foreign workers in the manufacturing sector was 1:3.

 

Reports said there are Malaysian companies that are at risk of losing customers if they will not expand their operations.

 

END/POLO KL Malaysia

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