The Star (15/08/2020) PASIR GUDANG: Deputy Minister of Primary Industries and Commodities Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng hopes that locals will take up jobs in the oil palm industry to reduce the issue of labour shortage in the industry, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wee said that the Ministry would try to promote jobs available in the palm oil industry to locals, especially to those who had lost their jobs.
"Foreign workers who were previously working in the palm oil industry here are unable to re-enter Malaysia after returning back to their home country due to travel restrictions following the pandemic.
"This has caused labour shortage, as most industry players are dependent on foreign workers," he said.
He said this to the press during his visit to a oil palm producing factory here on Saturday (Aug 15).
He said that while the labour-intensive oil palm sector does not typically attract local workers, he believed that the situation has now changed, as many have lost their jobs.
"Given the current circumstances, I believe that more locals would take up these jobs, either for the short or long term.
"We will work together with industry players and the Human Resource Ministry to promote these jobs to the locals," he said.
Also present during the visit was Malaysian Palm Oil Board’s (MPOB) director-general Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/15/jeck-seng-hopeful-locals-will-take-up-jobs-in-palm-oil-sector-to-reduce-labour-shortage