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Malaysia Asked for 32.000 Indonesian Workers, but….



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Malaysia Asked for 32.000 Indonesian Workers, but….

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – For having lack of workers in Malaysian palm oil plantations as the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic last year, crude palm oil (CPO) production in the country decreased 1 million tons.

To solve the condition, and Covid-19 can be controlled in Malaysia, the government of Malaysia asked for the support of 32 thousand workers to work in palm oil plantations.

The government of Indonesia through Ministry of Labors could relocate pekerja migran Indonesia (PMI) in Malaysian plantations.

Minister of Labors Indonesian Republic, Ida Fauziah said that there is no plan to send them to work in Malaysia for memorandum of understanding (MoU) about domestic worker protection and relocation is not complete yet.

It has not been available since 2016. “It needs to re-improve the MoU. We have to discuss and resign it to relocate PMI and the governance,” she said when having the visit of Minister of Plantation Industry and Commodity Malaysia, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, as in the official written statement, Sunday (5/12/2021). 

Ida also mentioned, migrant worker relocation from Indonesia to Malaysia is not about palm oil plantation only but also in other sectors that may have bigger issues and relate to domestic workers.

There are some issues in labors to discuss about Indonesian worker relocation in Malaysia. This is about to ensure that Malaysia will really protect Indonesian migrant workers in better ways in many sectors. (T2)