Malaysia's Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran has announced plans to privatise a section of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Sarawak's enforcement division.

According to a report by The Borneo Post, he said this would help address the problem of insufficient manpower, given that the section currently has only 111 technical officers.

In line with this, the Minister stated that one of the "most worrying things" was the backlog of inspections in the country, with a lack of manpower resulting in 30% of inspections left undone in 2018.

He added: "We have looked at other efforts, and have proposed for a certain section of the enforcement (division) to be taken over by the private sector. This will enable the department to relieve its enforcement officers, so that they can concentrate on some other areas."

Minister Kulasegaran also cited a visit to Singapore last year, where he observed that the country's privatised enforcement section "had saved a lot of the government's money and time", as well as lesser "complaints and corruption or allegation of this nature."

"So I'm proposing that we accelerate the proposal for privatisation. This will also allow, maybe 50% of the enforcement staff to go and do other works – so they will have enough manpower to conduct investigations, audits and other things."

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