Sabah Industry Players Urge State Government to Help Solve Foreign Worker Shortage | Malaysia
KOTA KINABALU, January 9 – Industry players in Sabah called on the state government to help address the shortage of foreign workers facing industries and recommended several measures to urgently address their situation. .
Sabah Employers’ Association (SEA) General Secretary Fong Ming San urged the state government to open its borders and allow industries to recruit workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, to is implementing another amnesty / regularization program for the approximately 1.2 million illegal immigrants in the state.
“On top of that, allow for immediate application of quotas, allow automatic renewal of unused quotas approved before the pandemic and faster processing of quota requests,” he said in a statement today.
Fong said industries in Sabah that depend on foreign labor are also applying for work permits for holders of IMM13s and red or green ID cards by Filipino and Indonesian immigrants currently in the country. ‘State.
He also urged the continuation of the 2019 recalibration program stalled by the pandemic and allowing the 80,000 qualified cases “on hold” to be ready for legal employment and to ensure faster processing of foreign worker quota requests. .
“Allow the foreign worker quota application to be made immediately, including the automatic renewal of the unused quota approved before the pandemic and issue the latest guidelines for the enforcement of the employment of foreign workers,” he said. .
Other recommended measures are to reduce the foreign worker tax by RM6,000 (manufacturing, construction and service sectors) for those who have worked 11 years and over; and renew the work cards of properly documented workers who were unable to renew them due to Covid-19 movement control measures.
Fong said six trade associations, namely SEA, Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA), Timber Association of Sabah, Sabah Furniture Association, SME Association of Sabah and The East Malaysia Planters’ Association, have submitted a memorandum on foreign workers to the Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor via Sabah Chief Deputy Minister and Minister of Industrial Development Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam, recently.
Fong said Sabah’s industries have been hit by a shortage of foreign workers in recent years, with the situation turning dire since March of last year after the country closed its borders as a measure to control the pandemic of Covid-19.
“Foreign workers with expired permits returned to their home countries and subsequently were unable to return to Malaysia and, at the same time, the government froze the admission of new foreign workers,” he said. he added. – Bernama