Kulasegaran: Low salaries among reasons Malaysians picky about jobs

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran attending Wesak Day celebrations at the Mekprasit Buddhist Temple in Ipoh, Perak. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: Low salary is among the reasons why Malaysians are picky about jobs, said Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran.

He said issues on salaries for Malaysians must be addressed.

“Local workers do not want to take up a job if the pay is very low. You cannot ask Malaysians to compare salaries with foreigners working here.

”You cannot compare an apple with an orange, it’s different,” he said after visiting the Mekprasit Buddhist Temple in conjunction with the Wesak Day Celebration here today.

He was commenting on his ministry’s move to tackle the problem of a lack of local workers in several sectors of employment in the country which has resulted on a dependence on foreign workers.

Last Thursday, Kulasegaran said the government would review foreign worker agreements with all source countries involved in order to reduce Malaysia’s dependency on them.

Kulasegaran was commenting on the Malaysia-Bangladesh agreement in 2016 involving 1.5 million workers.

Meanwhile, Kulasegaran said the ministry would also review the role of the “middleman” who brought in foreign workers to the country as it also involved a high cost.