Stepping up automation

Labour issue: The influx of unskilled foreign workers has been found to depress wages in low-income occupations while retarding industrial upgrading.

PETALING JAYA: As the Covid-19 pandemic bites deeper into the country’s economy, voices are growing louder calling for the reduction of dependency on cheap foreign labour.

Economists and various organisations are in support of this move but agree that it should be done in a proper and orderly manner while stepping up automation and technology in the industries involved.

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