Seri Talks


The Labour Shortage Forum was held on September 23, 2010.


Penang's efforts to move towards a high-income economy are experiencing a host of deep-rooted problems. Among these are the high turnover rates of local workers, the difficulties faced in recruiting and retaining skilled human capital, the pressing need to hire foreign workers and a dearth of skilled talent across fields.

Malaysian employers prefer foreign workers because domestically, the employment situation is inherently and structurally "foreign-worker" orientated (geared towards low-cost/low-pay, low productivity and redundancies).

Many employers claim that their business activities will come to a standstill if they are not allowed to use foreign labour because the jobs in those fields are perceived to be dirty, difficult and demeaning to the average Malaysian.

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