FGVH: 600 foreign workers hired to date

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH) has hired almost 600 foreign workers to date to overcome the labour shortage at its plantations.

According to FGVH officer-in-charge Datuk Khairil Anuar Aziz, the intensive hiring programme carried out by the group to overcome the shortage of labour issue is progressing smoothly, and workers from Bangladesh and Indonesia have begun to arrive in stages this month to cover the current shortage of approximately 8,000 workers.

“Thank God this labour shortage problem is being addressed immediately. This is a top priority for FGVH to ensure optimum production from the plantations,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Khairil Anuar said FGVH appreciated the commitment and support rendered by the government, and the staff of related ministries such as the Ministry of Plantation Indus- tries and Commodities.

“Also, our utmost gratitude to the High Commission of Bangladesh, the Indonesian Embassy, the Malaysian High Commission in Bangladesh and the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia for their strong commitment towards this effort.

“FGVH would always ensure every entry process of its foreign workers is in compliance with both countries’ laws and policies. As a responsible company, we are also committed to the standards set by the Round-table on Sustainable Palm Oil on the hiring process,” he said.

Khairil Anuar said the effort to strengthen the plantation workforce would positively impact the company and maximise returns to its shareholders, which include Federal Land Development Authority settlers.

“FGVH is actively conducting research and development for the plantation sector, especially in the areas of mechanisation to ease the workload and efficiency of day-to-day operations.

“Work undertaken by plantation workers is now assisted by mechanical equipment, as well as hightech machinery compared to the past. Thus, FGVH is also actively promoting this career opportunity among locals,” he said.

Khairil Anuar also said the company has recently launched a nationwide recruitment drive to hire plantation workers and applications can be sent directly to FGVH offices nearby or by email to [email protected]

FGVH operates over 450,000ha of plantations across the country, including Sabah and Sarawak. The plantation sector contributes 70% towards the main source of FGVH’s income, placing it among the world’s major crude palm oil producers. — Bernama

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