'Master' bedroom: Some of the vagrants catching up on sleep at the waiting area in JB Sentral.
PONTIAN: The state government is urging Malaysians who are “residing” within JB Sentral to seek employment locally so that they do not have to live this way.
State Tourism and Domestic Trade Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the actions of the “homeless” group had also brought a bad image to the state.
Tee was commenting on a report by The Star on a group of people working in Singapore but choosing to stay inside JB Sentral, and he appealed to them to rethink whether that was the best way to live as Johor now offered more employment opportunities.
“The only thing that attracts them to work in Singapore is the high salary.
“However, Johor is growing and we need highly skilled workers, especially those with experience, to come here,” he said when met at a handover ceremony of a house renovated by TNB at Ayer Baloi here yesterday.
Tee stressed that the tourism sector in the state was booming with established hotel brands from around the globe coming to Johor.
“The salary being offered is still good, and the best thing about working here is that they will not have to travel very early in the morning or sleep in JB Sentral just to go across the Causeway,” he said.
Tee added that besides tourism, other sectors in need of highly skilled workers were construction as well as oil and gas.
JB Sentral is adjacent to Johor Baru’s Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex.