JOHOR BARU: The Johor government wants to plug the leak of brain drain with the state losing many skilled local workers to Singapore.
State Consumerism, Human Resources and Unity Committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan said the problem was evident with more than 300,000 Malaysians crossing the Causeway daily to work in Singapore.
“The lack of higher-skilled local workers has forced industry players to take in foreign experts and we want to put an end to such practices.
“We will be meeting with the industry players because the main reason for Malaysians to find employment in Singapore is the exchange rate, which favours the island republic,” he added.
Dr Ramakrishnan said this after launching the Mega Career Fair and Post-Graduate Education Fair 2018 at Persada International Convention Centre here on Saturday.
He said companies in the state should find ways to retain their workers and prevent them from leaving Malaysia to find greener pastures in a foreign country.
“These companies should offer better salaries with improved benefits to make their workers stay on instead of moving elsewhere,” he said.
Dr Ramakrishnan also said the state wanted to attract more investors who would be able to bring more high-end technology into Johor, thus reducing dependency on foreign labour.
He added that there was an estimation of more than 750,000 illegal foreign workers in the state.
Dr Ramakrishnan said currently many investors opted for Johor because of the cheap foreign labour available, but there was a lack of highly-skilled local workers.
“The state government will be changing the syllabus of our industrial training institutes, where the students will undergo practical training as part of their education.
“Once we change it, the students will sit down for theory studies for a year and undergo practical training for another year before their graduation,” he added.
He stressed that through such changes, it would prepare the students to meet the industry’s demand, and forging a closer relationship between the institutes and industry players.
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