Indian trade chamber: Resolve worker shortage quickly

foreign-workersKUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) hopes the government will initiate measures to address the worker shortage in various sectors of industry.

Its president, K Kenneth Eswaran, said the lack of foreign workers in particular, had placed many Indian-owned businesses in dire straits.

“This is a major issue for us. If not resolved in a month or two, many businesses risk shutting down,” he told a press conference here today.

He was speaking after a courtesy call by him and MAICCI board members on Senate President Senator SA Vigneswaran at Parliament.

Kenneth said besides discussing ways to improve the capacity of Indian businesses, MAICCI was also willing to foster closer ties with MIC to ensure a stable and united community.

Vigneswaran, who is also MIC vice-president, assured MAICCI that issues concerning the Indian business community would be taken up with Prime Minister Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“The community is fragile and easily impacted by issues. This is why we need to bring this issue of workers’ shortage to a closure quickly.”