Govt firm on decision to curb illegal workers

PETALING JAYA: The government will not budge from its decision to curb the presence of illegal foreign workers in the construction industry.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB) record showed that as of July 19, only 11% of construction sites had not started operations.

“Most construction sites (89%) have started operations.

“I believe that this is very positive for the economy and will contribute significantly in instilling investors’ confidence.

“Between April 20 and July 19, CIDB has also conducted 9,801 site inspections all over the country. This is an accumulative figure which includes repeat inspection visits.

“The clampdown on illegal foreign workers is necessary as currently, these workers have taken job opportunities away from locals,” said Fadillah, who is also the Works Minister.

He said CIDB had allocated RM70mil this year to train and accredit local construction personnel and youth in various skills trades, as well as in supervisory and management roles.

“This will enable them to be well prepared to fill the needs in the construction industry,” he said.

On July 21, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz had told Parliament that the government was still in discussion on whether the moratorium would be extended.

The government, he said, was also looking into providing more targeted assistance such as extending the loan period, reducing the instalment amount or changing the terms and conditions.

He also urged borrowers to meet the banks and seek assistance from the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency for the time being.

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