Melaka’s Industry, Trade and Investment Committee Chairman Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen plants a tree during the Toyota Eco Youth-Waste Management Community Project 2018. – BERNAMA
MELAKA (Bernama) – The Melaka government has urged foreign investors who intend to invest or start a business in the state to give priority to local residents, especially Melaka citizens, in their job recruitment process.
State Industry, Trade and Investment Committee Chairman Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen said this was to ensure that more job opportunities were created for Melaka citizens besides reducing dependency on foreign labour, which would subsequently strengthen the state’s economy.
“The state government is always open to receive investors, however most important is, they don’t come here just to buy land and set up factories but also open up opportunities for the local residents especially in the 3D (dangerous, dirty and difficult) sector which is being monopolised by foreign workers.
“Even though based on the state Manpower Department record that the recruitment of foreign workers in the 3D sector is only around 30-35 per cent, we will continue to ensure this percentage would be reduced from year to year in line with the Pakatan Harapan government’s manifesto to give more jobs to the locals,” he said.
He told reporters this after launching the Toyota Eco Youth-Waste Management Community Project 2018 yesterday.
Elaborating further, Mohd Rafiq said residents in the state, particularly youths who do not plan to further their studies at higher institutes of learning, were also urged not to be choosy with jobs, instead they should fill up the available vacancies including in 3D fields.
He said this move was better than being unemployed and getting involved in unhealthy activities, and it could also help reduce the national currency outflow.
Meanwhile, he said the state Economic Planning Unit was in the midst of preparing a detailed list of the industries and investments undertaken in the state in a bid to attract more new investors in those sectors.
“This is aimed at identifying the investment or industrial sector that has the potential to be developed in the future, besides ensuring more effective investors,” he added.
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