JOHOR BARU: Businesses here have been badly affected due to lack of workers since the Government’s crackdown on foreign illegal workers.
The Johor Baru Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Datuk Loh Liam Hiang said that construction and farming industries were among the worst hit as many illegal workers had been detained.
“We are working hard with labourers supply agencies to obtain more legal foreign workers to ease the shortage problem here,” he said.
Loh explained that the problem had been ongoing, as employers here had to compete with salary rates offered by companies in Singapore.
“It is hard to attract locals to take on these job opportunities, as many preferred to work in Singapore due to higher currency exchange rates.
“It is also not easy to obtain permits for these foreigners as the process was lengthy and tedious,” he added.
Loh urged the Government to be more lenient in processing permits and speed up the process to curb the issue.
SMI Association of Malaysia national president Teh Kee Sin said that the shortage would badly affect the county’s economic growth.
“These foreigners filled the gap for the lack of manpower in the country and only take up unwanted jobs here.
“With over a million foreign workers deported back, employers are now facing problems in finding workers,” he added.
Teh hoped that the Government would look into ways to even out the shortage and impose improved policies for foreign workers to avoid the problem.
Meanwhile, Johor Human Resources and Unity exco R. Vidyanathan urged employers facing such problems to forward their complaints.
”Although we have not received any complaints, employers are welcome to highlight their plight,” he added.