Spe­cial task force to iron out for­eign work­ers’ is­sue

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE -

I have em­pha­sised that we should have a long term plan to give pri­or­ity to the lo­cal work­force, the au­to­ma­tion pro­gramme, the semi and the skilled work­ers train­ing pro­gramme.

PU­TRA­JAYA: A spe­cial task force, con­sist­ing of the Home Min­istry and the Hu­man Re­source Min­istry, has been set up to ad­dress the for­eign work­ers’ em­ploy­ment is­sues, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

Ah­mad Zahid who is also the Home Min­is­ter said the task force was given 30 days to iron out the is­sues which were brought up by the Na­tional Chamber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Malaysia (NCCIM) in a round­table di­a­logue here, yes­ter­day.

“I have em­pha­sised that we should have a long term plan to give pri­or­ity to the lo­cal work­force, the au­to­ma­tion pro­gramme, the semi and the skilled work­ers train­ing pro­gramme,” he told a me­dia con­fer­ence af­ter chair­ing the meet­ing.

The round­table ses­sion is part of the gov­ern­ment’s continuous ef­fort to en­gage di­rectly with busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions on var­i­ous is­sues for the ben­e­fit of all par­ties.

As of Jan 31, there were 1.8 mil­lion for­eign work­ers em­ployed in the sec­tors of work that were ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment. Ah­mad Zahid em­pha­sised the need for in­dus­try play­ers to com­pre­hend and un­der­stand the

Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter

ra­tio­nale of gov­ern­ment poli­cies re­lated to for­eign work­ers.

He urged the in­dus­try to work in tan­dem with the gov­ern­ment in im­ple­ment­ing the said poli­cies.

“The gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially the Home Min­istry, ap­pre­ci­ates the in­put and feed­back from the busi­ness com­mu­nity with re­gards to for­eign work­ers and its re­lated is­sues,” he said.

The en­gage­ment with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers clearly re­flects the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to for­mu­late and im­ple­ment poli­cies which are in­clu­sive and strate­gi­cally ben­e­fi­cial for all par­ties, es­pe­cially the gen­eral Malaysian pub­lic in en­sur­ing greater eco­nomic growth and shared pros­per­ity.

Be­fore the round­table ses­sion, Ah­mad Zahid re­ceived a cour­tesy call from the se­nior lead­er­ship of NCCIM led by its pres­i­dent, Datuk Ter Leong Yap.

The NCCIM com­prises key busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions in­clud­ing the Malay Chamber of Com­merce Malaysia ( DPMM), the Associated Chi­nese Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try of Malaysia (ACCCIM), the Malaysia Associated In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try ( MAICCI), the Malaysian In­ter­na­tional Chamber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MICCI) and the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysian Man­u­fac­tur­ers ( FMM). — Ber­nama

Ah­mad Zahid dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice in Ban­gu­nan Per­dana Pu­tra in Pu­tra­jaya. — Ber­nama photo

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.