JOHOR BARU: Locals seeking employment in Singapore especially with the high currency exchange rate have been told to reconsider as there are plenty of job opportunities within the state.
Johor human resources and unity exco R. Vidyanathan said social problems including increasing divorce rate and family neglect was rampant among those working in Singapore.
“To work in Singapore, you will have to leave home as early as 5am and be back about 9pm.
“There is hardly time for a worker to spend time with his family or even see their children grow up,” he said, adding that this would create social problems.
A worker using the causeway will spend between two to four hours on the road daily due to the traffic snarls at both the Singapore and Johor check points during peak hour traffic congestion.
Presently, over 300,000 Malaysians are employed in various sectors in Singapore.
Vidyanathan added that those working in Singapore also did not have contributions to Social Security Organisation (Socso) and Employees Provident Fund (EPF).
The Singapore dollar has appreciated to an all time high of RM2.50 for one S$1.
“I hope that job seekers including the young will reconsider, as what good is a fancy car if no one can take care of your family if something happens to you while working in Singapore,” he asked, adding that what about repayment to the bank if the person gets retrenched.
He was speaking to members of the press during a briefing on a Night Career Fair which is expected to offer 5,000 job opportunities to locals.
“We have many sectors in Johor which need workers especially Iskandar Malaysia, the oil and gas project in Penggerang and development taking place in Desaru,” he added.
On the career fair, Vidyanathan added that a similar fair last year managed to match some 1,320 job seekers with suitable jobs.
“This time we have started the promotions early and hope to get about 100 local companies to offer up to 5,000 jobs,” he said, adding that the fair would be held on Nov 8 and 9.
He said next year the state labour department hopes to have small scale career fairs in the districts including targeting those in Felda and Orang Asli settlements.
Companies interested to participate in the career fair can contact 07-2340148 or www.facebook.com/NightCareerFairJohor.