KUCHING: The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry is exploring the possibility of setting up a training institute to produce a pool of skilled young Malaysians to work in the plantations.
Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said, however, that it had yet to decide if the ministry would set up the proposed institute by itself, through collaboration with other agencies or the private sector.
We hope to provide training to young Malaysians, like SPM holders, so that they can manage plantations in a more efficient and productive manner, he told reporters after opening a seminar at Kuching Hilton yesterday.
The seminar, themed Enhancing the Sarawak Palm Oil Industry was organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Promotion Council.
At the opening ceremony, Chin said the countrys oil palm estates depended heavily on foreign labour who made up some 70% of the 350,000 workers.
Labour scarcity is a big worry for us. We are working with other agencies on ways to best manage foreign workers, he said.