Malaysia bringing thousands of workers from Indonesia to cover the labour shortage

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If you are from Indonesia (or Bangladesh) and keen to work in the plantation in Malaysia and earn lucrative sum of money, now it’ s your chance!

According to a statement issued today by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), Malaysia is ready to bring up to 32,000 foreign workers, by the end of this year, from Indonesia to ease the labour shortage in the plantation sector.

The Malaysia government believes this move will help Malaysia to address the labour shortage in the plantation sector, including palm oil.

Indonesia sending workers to Malaysia would benefit both countries. The decision is considered a win-win situation. For Indonesia, their workers will get jobs and good income while Malaysia can solve the problem of labour shortage which has resulted in huge losses to the oil palm industry,“ the statement added.

This statement was issued after Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin’s (pix) three-day working visit to Jakarta today.

According to reports, in her visit to Indonesia, Zuraida held bilateral meetings with three members of the Indonesian Cabinet, namely Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Trade Muhammad Lutfi and Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah. MPIC said the meetings revolved around the palm oil industry and the challenges faced by both countries.

On October 16, Zuraida said eventhough the income offered for plantation workers was “lucrative,” especially during the harvesting period, it is still not able to attract locals.

“We do not have enough workers for the harvesting period, locals can do the job if they want to, but they say it is a heavy and difficult task.

“The salary of these farm workers is lucrative and actually depends on the company, some pay a basic salary of RM1,200 and plus the incentives and overtime allowance, they can get more than RM2,000 a month,” she told reporters when visiting the Kenaf Seed Processing Centre in Bandar Darul Aman recently.-Malaysia World News

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