Recovery of businesses hampered by labour shortage


WE are currently facing a shortage of workers, both local or foreign, that will have a profound negative impact on our nation’s economy. There wasn’t any large-scale intake of foreign workers during the short-lived Pakatan Harapan government, and most of the ones who were recruited earlier have gone back to their home countries after completing their contracts or for other reasons.

Many businesses are struggling to stay afloat now due to shortage of workers. The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the bottom lines of many of these companies and now they have to face another challenge to their survival.

With the more relaxed standard operating procedure (SOP) after the Covid-19 vaccination programme, businesses are now starting to get back on their feet, but the shortage of labour is hampering their recovery.

Without enough workers in manufacturing companies and farms, production of food and other consumer essentials will be slowed down, causing shortages that would lead to inflated prices and the inflation rate to go even higher.

Labour intensive export-oriented manufacturing companies badly need to hire foreign workers to make up for the production lost during the prolonged lockdown last year.

As a Malaysian owner of a labour intensive manufacturing company myself, I know that most of us would prefer to employ our own countrymen, but they are not readily available. Most of them prefer to be employed at the managerial and supervisory levels.

The Home Affairs and Human Resources ministers are working very hard to resolve the delicate issue of bringing in the much needed workforce from abroad in a proper and transparent manner. We have to trust the wisdom and dedication of both ministers and refrain from turning this issue into a political agenda by making unnecessary statements.

We must understand the negative impact that the shortage of labour will have on our already sluggish economic growth.

SOS FW

Shah Alam

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