Malaysia addresses labour shortage in manufacturing industry

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers has lobbied hard to get the Malaysia government to reconsider the ban on hiring of foreign workers. A survey done across 146 companies reflects the country manufacturers in need of over 13,000 new workers this year to meet business objectives and to replace unfit or returning workers, according to ITTO. Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, minister of Transport, said the Cabinet has lifted the suspension on the hiring of foreign workers for the manufacturing, construction, plantation and furniture-making industries. For other sectors, decision will be made on individual merit. The Star newspaper reported recently that a survey by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers showed that 84% of manufacturers were facing a labour shortage, with half of them claiming that they had not been able to fulfil existing orders. Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the foreign worker hiring system must be made more efficient and transparent. Source: ITTO