Raja Nong Chik: we need foreign workers

Believe it or not, Raja Nong Chik said that.

I’ve been busy with my job lately, so haven’t update this blog for quite sometime. But recently I’m attracted to this one issue. We often hear about the foreign workers that are said they keep coming to our country, legally and also illegally although the government keep punishing them and send them back. They came with the boatand all other means, and the last thing they could care is the risk of being drown in the middle of the sea and get hungry in the middle of nowhere. We, as Malaysians could never understand their desperateness, it’s either get to work in Malaysia or die in the middle of nowhere.

But in the other hand,  Malaysia will suffer some loss. Why? Because we put the people on the line of getting the danger either we could or couldn’t think of. If they bring disease (I said if, but let’s hope for the better) we will get infected. If they are bad people, they will harm us. So, it’s either they help flourishing our economics state or wasting our money by any means. If they are here to be alive, then I think we don’t have the right to stop them. What we can do is make them abide our rules so that we still in our safe zone.

Lets hear what people who worked with foreign workers. We will be suprised because most of cases, they are more hardworking than us. They are more diligent than us. They are not picky like most of our youths.

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ALTHOUGH foreign workers do cause certain problems, they are nevertheless needed to meet the manpower shortage in certain sectors, according to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin.

He cited as an example the Pudu Market in Jalan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur, whose business operations could be paralysed if foreign labour was barred.

Nong Chik said he supported the setting-up of a labour consortium like the one at the Selayang market, which would allow foreign workers to be employed for back and house duties such as loading and unloading of goods.

However, this would first require the approval from the Home Ministry, which has jurisdiction over the import of foreign workers.

“Many traders in Pudu are already old and have operated in the market for 30 to 40 years. Their children, meanwhile, are not interested or willing to work in the market,” Nong Chik said.

Nong Chik said this during a visit to meet the Pudu traders yesterday. He was accompanied by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail and other officials.

He said his visit was to see for himself the market situation following a report submitted by his special officer Dr Jeffrey Goh after a walkabout in the area about three weeks ago.

One of the issues brought up was on licensing, which had been highlighted by the Pudu Petty Traders and Hawkers Association chairman Jeff Tan and previously reported in StarMetro.

Tan had then said that it was difficult to transfer the ownership of a licence to the next-of-kin after an original owner had died or was too old to conduct business.

“So sometimes, during raids, traders are issued summonses for not having the licence under their own names,” Tan was quoted as saying in the StarMetro report.

The association had then handed over a memorandum to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) petty traders development and management department director Ramly Othman, with a copy forwarded to the minister.

Nong Chik said the ministry would help in such cases for ownership transfer of licence, but that the traders would have to show proof that the ownership of a licence was not being transferred to a foreign worker.

It is learnt that 30% of the Pudu traders are operating without licences or using a previous trader’s licence to operate.

“We’ll have to do a census first to determine whether these traders are genuine before licences can be issued,” Nong Chik said.

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He said the Pudu market definitely needed upgrading, from the flooring which would be laid with concrete, hopefully by early next year, while creating a storage area for storing of goods after trading hours.

“Also, basic infrastructure like the entire drainage system needs cleaning up and upgrading as it was designed more than 30 years back and does not suit today’s needs,” Nong Chik said.

The Pudu market is said to be the biggest in the country, with nearly 1,600 traders.

Source: The Star

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Why don’t we aim for a better nation as we could provide lots of chance to live and at the same time our economy will get better.

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