Compiled by C. Aruno, Rashvinjeet S. Bedi and R. Aravinthan
TRADITIONAL Indian claypot makers are facing a tough time due to difficulties in getting workers, Makkal Osai reported.
Arumugam Perumal, who operates a pot factory in Kuala Selangor, said he used to employ many locals to produce the pots using the traditional method.
However, he said since the process has become mechanised, locals are no longer keen to work in the industry.
Arumugam said there used to be more than six factories in the area but only two are still operating.
He is the third generation running the family business after his grandfather Venkadasalam and father Perumal. His son Anand is also showing aptitude and the family is hoping that he will take over the business one day.
Arumugam also hoped that the traditional method of making pots would be preserved despite the industry getting more automated.
He urged the authorities to help the industry, especially with hiring of foreign workers.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.