Shortage of foreign workers: 1,500 Indian traders cannot continue business

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) claims that the businesses of Indian entrepreneurs are facing the problem of a lack of foreign workers to the extent that more than 1,500 employers are unable to continue their business.

Its president, Datuk Seri N Gobalakrishnan asked the government to help in solving the problem.

He said, many traders were affected due to the lack of workers, especially in the jewelery business.

“In our records, more than 1,500 employers cannot continue business and more than 500 shops have already closed.

“If this continues, traders will end up having to do business at the night market or on the side of the road. However, we are also grateful to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and former Minister of Human Resources, V Sivakumar who tried to get 7,500 workers even though we requested 15,000.

“So far, the process to obtain approval (for foreign workers) is very strict. I hope the Minister of Human Resources, Steven Sim will resolve this issue,” he said at the MAICCI Ponggal Festival and the launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (WES) at the MAICCI House today.

Also present were Deputy Minister of Entrepreneurship and Cooperative Development, Datuk R Ramanan and WES Chairman, Hemala Sivam.

Meanwhile, Ramanan said that he had contacted officials at the Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) and was informed that there was still a quota of 5,000 foreign workers that had not been met.

“I cannot announce anything, if there is a question we need clarification from KSM or the Minister himself,” he said.

At the event, souvenirs were also handed over to the B40 family.

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