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In light of the positive results from its intensive programme to overcome labour shortage, Felda Global Ventures Holdings’ (FGV) officer-in-charge, Dato’ Khairil Anuar Aziz has expressed his optimism in the group overcoming the current shortage of approximately 8,000 workers.
In a press statement, Dato’ Khairil said the programme is progressing smoothly and workers from Bangladesh and Indonesia have begun to arrive in stages this month to cover the current shortage.
“To date, we have hired almost 600 foreign workers. Insya-Allah this labour shortage problem is being addressed immediately within the next few months. This is a top priority for FGV to ensure optimum production from our plantations,” said Dato’ Khairil.
He added that FGV deeply appreciates the commitment and support rendered by the Government and staff of Ministry of Home Affairs, the Immigration Department, the Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia, the Ministry of Human Resources and the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.
“Also, our utmost gratitude to the High Commission of Bangladesh, the Indonesian Embassy, the Malaysian High Commission in Bangladesh and the Malaysian Embassy in Indonesia for their strong commitment towards this effort.
“FGV will always ensure every entry process of its foreign workers is in compliance with both countries’ laws and policies. As a responsible company, we are also committed to the standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) on the employment hiring process,” said Dato’ Khairil.
He added that FGV is actively conducting research and development for the plantation sector especially in the areas of mechanisation to ease the workload and efficiency of day-to-day operations.
“Work undertaken by plantation workers is now assisted by mechanical equipment as well as high tech machineries compared to the past, thus, FGV is also actively promoting this career opportunity amongst locals,” he said.
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