‘Offer market workers better perks’

The Selayang MP’s service centre in Selayang Baru is offering its premises to local companies seeking employees. — SIA HONG KIAU/The Star

GROUPS are calling on 1,500 stall operators at Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur to offer more benefits so that locals would take up jobs at the wholesale market.

Abdul Aziz Mohd Alias said contributing to Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Social Security Organisation as well as providing medical benefits would make a big difference.

“Locals will not consider joining unless there are benefits, ” said Abdul Aziz who represented Persatuan Peniaga dan Penjaja Kecil Melayu Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and Persatuan Pemborong Kecil Pasar Kuala Lumpur.

He said this would help with staff retention as currently, the wholesale market was experiencing shortage of manpower.

“On average, we need about two assistants for each of the 1,500 stalls but for now, the total number of hired help is fewer than 200, ” said Abdul Aziz.

He added that although some candidates may be willing to take up the position now, they would look for other jobs that offer better security, once the job market improves.

Abdul Aziz was speaking at a press conference organised by Selayang MP William Leong to introduce a matching service between local companies and job seekers at his service centre in Dataran Templer, Selayang Baru.

Leong said offering such benefits would also provide a social security net for daily wage earners who were the most vulnerable to the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sri Ternak, a local fresh and frozen food importer based in Selayang, is one of the employers seeking suitable candidates for its three outlets.

Group human resource manager Brendan William Sta Maria who was there to oversee the recruiting process, said some 40 to 50 applicants turned up for the morning session.

One of them was Iskandar Nurmiza, 27, who was looking at new options after losing his job as a hotel security guard during the movement control order.

Iskandar had gone to enquire about job opportunities at the wholesale market.

However, when he turned up, no one knew about the openings, but it was not a wasted trip for Iskandar who got a job interview with Sri Ternak instead.

Meanwhile at a separate event, Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa has reminded Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to carry out regular enforcement against those illegally selling produce around the wholesale market.

“DBKL has so far confiscated goods from 200 undocumented people found selling from makeshift stalls around the wholesale market and we are stepping up enforcement.

“At the moment there are some 2,000 locals working inside the market, ” he said during a visit to the homeless transit centre in Jalan Pahang yesterday.

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