Govt mulls hiring of 100% foreign workers

The government is considering allowing export-oriented companies to hire 100% of foreign workers for their production lines to meet current and future production demand.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said export-oriented companies will always need to increase their production capacity in order to enhance their competitiveness globally.

“I think these companies should be assisted in upgrading their status not only as champion at the national level, but also the international level,” he told reporters after visiting VS Industry Bhd, a leading integrated electronics manufacturing services provider in the region, at the Senai Industrial Area near Kulai, Johor, yesterday.

He was commenting on applications from export-oriented companies — including VS Industry — who were facing labour shortage, to employ foreign workers in order to meet customer orders and demand.

They should apply to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) as they came under its ambit, he said, adding that once MITI had evaluated and supported their applications, only then would the Home Ministry endorse them.

However, Nur Jazlan said the export-oriented companies should ensure that local workers’ quota in other segments such as in the administrative and technical divisions are filled up.

Meanwhile, VS Industry ED Ng Yong Kang said his company needs to double their workforce from its current capacity of 6,000 employees for its production lines in the future.

Currently, the company has a total of 8,000 employees. — Bernama