KUALA LUMPUR, May 16— The Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (KLSCCCI) has urged the government to consider lifting the suspension on the recruitment of foreign workers for all sectors across the board.
Its President Datuk Ter Leong Yap said the move would help the chamber’s members to reduce the cost of rehiring illegal foreign workers under the ‘Rehiring Programme’.
“We welcome the announcement of the recent lift for the four sectors namely manufacturing, construction, plantation and furniture-making industries, which are facing a major shortage of workers.
“However, many other sectors still require foreign labour at the moment (in areas) which are not suitable or not wanted by our local workers,” he told Bernama here today.
Last February, the government decided to suspend the recruitment of all foreign workers in Malaysia, including those from Bangladesh, and reviewed the two-tier levy for foreign workers.
However, it lifted the freeze on the hiring of foreign workers in the manufacturing, construction, plantation and furniture-making sectors four days ago.
Ter said many businesses are already facing operational problems due to the unavailability of foreign workers.
“This can affect the country’s economy, so we urge the government to open it up,” he said, adding the KLSCCCI has sent a letter to the relevant authorities on the matter.