Labour shortage prevents fishermen from going out to sea

Khoo Gek San

Due to a shortage of workers, only about 10% of the boats based at the country’s busiest fishing port, Hutan Melintang, are being sent to sea. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, November 28, 2021.

AN acute shortage of crew has forced a great many fishing boats operating from ports on both the east and west coasts of the peninsula to be tied up in ports, the fishermen’s associations said.

Malaysia Fisheries Association president Chia Tian Hee said nearly all its members’ C class licensed boats have not gone out to sea, while the number of boats operating out of ports in Selangor, Perak and Pahang going out had been reduced by half.

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