6 November 2014, Daily Express

KOTA KINABALU: Indonesian workers are still the preferred workforce based on the experience of oil palm industry players in West Malaysia.

East Malaysia Planters Association (Empa) Chairman Datuk Othman Walat said however, the association has no objection to any of its members trying out Bangladeshi workers in their plantation.

“In the peninsula, the number of Bangladeshi workers was only 11 per cent of the total workforce in the plantation sector indicating that the adaptability of Bangladeshi is still in question,” he said.

Recently, Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot announced that up to 12,000 Bangladeshis would be recruited to work in Sarawak to fulfil the demand of the stakeholders, particularly the plantation sector.

The Bangladeshis are general labourers who are to be specifically hired for the oil palm sector, a job considered as dirty, difficult and dangerous by Malaysian job seekers who shunned it.

“All these years, Empa has been focussing its workers’ recruitment from Indonesia because they have proven themselves in this industry. They are skilful workers.

“Most of the Empa members especially those in Sabah still have mostly Indonesians working in their plantations,” said Othman.

He opined that plantations in the State should continue to focus on recruiting workers from the neighbouring country especially because the worker pool is still available.

Expansion of oil palm plantation in Indonesia, he said, is expected to continue to be on the slow pace in compliance to environment requirement and global pressure.

“Empa observed that recruitment and maintenance cost of foreign labour are a bit heavy on the industry players. We would like to see the government exempt the payment of foreign workers’ levy as the industry in Sabah had already contributed heavily in the form of 7.5 per cent sales tax.

“We also suggest a government-to-government (Sabah and Sulawesi) engagement to resolve pertinent issues related to the Indonesian labour recruitment, which shall include the possibility of direct entry from Sulawesi to Sabah instead of via Tarakan,” he said.

Othman added that the government should also review its proposal to disallow new woman workers and spouses as the policy could affect labour retention especially harvesters who generally prefer to stay with their families.




    • web hosting reviews

      I got this web page from my buddy who told me on the
      topic of this site and now this time I am visiting this web
      site and reading very informative articles at this place.

    • web hosting companies

      I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought
      this post was great. I don’t know who you are but certainly you
      are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

    • best web hosting 2020

      Hello, I log on to your blog on a regular basis. Your writing style is witty, keep up the
      good work!

    • best web hosting 2020

      I am extremely inspired along with your writing skills and also with the layout in your weblog.
      Is this a paid subject or did you customize it yourself?
      Anyway stay up the excellent quality writing,
      it’s uncommon to look a great weblog like this one nowadays..

    • cheap flights

      Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really smartly written article.
      I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your useful
      information. Thank you for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

    • cheap flights

      Hello everybody, here every person is sharing such knowledge, thus it’s pleasant to read this webpage, and I used to pay a quick visit this
      webpage daily. y2yxvvfw cheap flights

    • cheap flights

      If you desire to improve your familiarity just keep visiting this web page
      and be updated with the latest news update posted here.
      cheap flights 31muvXS

    • cheap flights

      What’s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I
      have found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out
      loads. I am hoping to give a contribution & assist different users like its helped
      me. Great job. cheap flights yynxznuh

    • webhosting

      Thanks very nice blog!

    • cheap flights

      I always spent my half an hour to read this website’s articles or reviews
      daily along with a mug of coffee. 2CSYEon cheap flights

    • cheap flights

      I needed to thank you for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it.
      I have got you bookmarked to check out new things you post…
      34pIoq5 cheap flights

    • cheap flights

      After looking into a few of the blog posts on your web site,
      I really appreciate your technique of writing a blog.

      I saved it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking
      back soon. Please check out my website as well and let me know how you feel.
      y2yxvvfw cheap flights

    • cheap flights

      Hello it’s me, I am also visiting this web site daily, this website is really good and
      the viewers are really sharing pleasant thoughts.

    • cheap flights

      With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism
      or copyright violation? My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like
      a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement.
      Do you know any techniques to help prevent content from being ripped off?

      I’d definitely appreciate it.

    • web hosting companies

      What you said was actually very reasonable.
      But, think on this, what if you typed a catchier post title?
      I am not saying your information is not solid., but suppose you added something to maybe grab folk’s
      attention? I mean RecruitmentReform.org |
      Indons still preferred in Sabah’s oil palm estates is a little plain. You could peek at Yahoo’s front page and
      note how they create post headlines to get viewers interested.
      You might add a video or a related picture or two to grab
      readers excited about what you’ve got to say.

      In my opinion, it could bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

Leave a Comment

Translate »