Stakeholders in Malaysia Should not Depend on Indonesia and Bangladesh’s Workers

Stakeholders in Malaysia Should not Depend on Indonesia and Bangladesh’s Workers

InfoSAWIT, KUALALUMPUR – The stakeholders in Malaysia, as InfoSAWIT informed on Friday (17/6/2022) were under pressured for the migrant workers from Indonesia and Bangladesh could not work in many palm oil plantations in Malaysia.

Knowing this, Datuk Hajjah Zuraida binti Kamaruddin as Minister of Industry, Plantation, and Commodity, Malaysia, suggested that the stakeholders in the country should not depend on migrant workers namely from Indonesia and Bangladesh.

As quoted from thestar, Saturday (18/6/2022), Zuraida told the local producers should stop to depend on migrant workers from both countries when Malaysia ‘severely’ is lack of 120 thousand workers.

Zuraida told that when 32 thousand foreign workers are not coming to work in Malaysia’s palm oil plantations because there would be horrific consequences as the second biggest palm oil producer in the world.

“The stakeholders should have open mind to workers from India and Pakistan. Do not depend on Indonesia and Bangladesh only,” Zuraida said.

She admitted, the Government of Malaysia came to a conclusion to take 32 thousand migrant workers to work in palm oil plantations in Malaysia but there was issue about their permits.

“This ministry is still optimist to get the target. If it is not more, we would pay attention about the permit,” she said by convincing Malaysian Estate Owners ’Association (MEOA) that the ministry cooperates with other ministries.

Minister of Human Resource, Wisma Putra said, Department of Imigration and Cooperation Commission is figuring out to solve lack of migrant worker issue immediately.

He told that because MEOA warned that Malaysia could potentially lost the chance to advantage the expensive crude palm oil and would get more losses because of the ‘severe’ 120 thousand workers.

MEOA claimed, the lack of workers could make the stakeholders lost 5% to 10% of income. The foreign workers, which some of them are from Indonesia are mostly working in the plantation sectors in Malaysia. They could be reaching 437.000 when the pandemic started.

In the early of June 2022, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOC) minimized the production prospect to be 18,6 million tons from 18,9 million tons in this year. (T5)