Labour shortage hits furniture industry

Angie Tan

The furniture industry requires working in a hot and dirty environment to produce the goods, and this makes it unattractive to locals. – Malaysian Furniture Council pic, August 3, 2020.

THE furniture industry was just recovering 70% to 80% of business after the movement-control order (MCO), but it now faces a new challenge – labour shortage as a result of the government’s decision to freeze the hiring of new foreign workers.

Malaysian Furniture Council president Khoo Yeow Chong said the industry was already facing a shortage of 20,000 foreign workers before Covid-19.

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  • No more reliance on foreign workers la. Get use to paying a decent salary.

    Posted 2 years ago by Anonymous 1234