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The long and short of foreign labour

THE Government's recent proposal to allow foreign workers, currently restricted to sectors such as palm oil plantations, construction, restaurants and domestic help, to work on farms and in small- and medium-scale industries, has contributed further to the controversial debate over the large presence of migrant workers in the country.


Factories can’t meet orders, labour shortage at electronics firms

Malaysia is losing out in the current boom in global electronics because the country's labour-shortage-hit component manufacturers are unable to meet their orders.


Malaysia and Indonesia to hold talks on territorial claims

Malaysian and Indonesian leaders have decided to hold urgent talks in an effort to resolve a brewing dispute over overlapping claims of oil-rich areas in the Sulawesi Sea.


Utar project delayed ‘temporarily’

The nationwide crackdown on illegal foreign workers has slowed progress on the construction of the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) campus here.


Rela man wears many hats

It would be exhausting for any other person, but Rela platoon leader Lee Heng Kong is full of zest despite being involved in the on-going I>Ops Tegas/Iand having two regular jobs.

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Recreating jobs with ‘carrot and stick’

They have got the jobs but not the workers. Not Singaporeans, at least: The pay is too low, the workplace too dirty, and jobs just too tiring.


Hunt for 400,000 illegals begins

Compiled by SHANTINI SUNTHARAJAH (Feb 26 - Mar 4)


Manager held in raid at site

A project manager was among four Malaysians nabbed in an I>Ops Tegas/Iafternoon blitz that netted 48 foreign workers at a housing project construction site and at a jetty in Batu Maung.


Nation needs brains as well as brawn



Paying the price for hiring illegals, firm losing RM245,000 a month

Fahmi Ibrahim is one annoyed man simply because of the obstacles he is facing in legalising his 15 Indonesian workers who have returned home under the amnesty programme.