ASEAN/APEC/CONSUMERIST LEAD DR JACOB GEORGE – NAJIB RIGHT – THE WAY FORWARD IS AUTOMATION NOT UNSKILLED LABOUR INTENSIVE!

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“Najib was right that with better use of technologies, one can reduce the need for foreign workers which is a never ending obsession in Malaysia as industry players, brokers, politically connected conduits live a life of extreme luxury from monies derived from dealing and managing foreign workers approvals and their logistics!”

“To realize this the task force should come out with a blue print that is put into play immediately and all government agencies especially the Home and Human Resources Ministries must play a supportive role in this not just lip service so that the dependence on foreign unskilled labor dependence will be stopped immediately!” – Dr Jacob George

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ASEAN/APEC/CONSUMERIST LEAD DR JACOB GEORGE – NAJIB RIGHT – THE WAY FORWARD IS AUTOMATION NOT UNSKILLED LABOUR INTENSIVE!

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I was very excited hearing Premier Najib Razak urging stakeholders and industry players in the private sector especially the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM)for greater innovation and to increase the use of technology so as to be less dependent on foreign workers.

Also present was my very dear friend, Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob.

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The premier’s view was reflective of my advice to the Home Ministry to freeze all approvals of unskilled and skilled foreign workers unless it was in an area which was very critical to premier export orientated or critical industry!

This even if approvals already given!

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In the course of his presentation Premier Najib alluded to the implementation of the Industrialized Building System (IBS) in the construction industry, whereby the components are manufactured in a controlled environment or the use of robotic technology, which has proven to increase productivity.

And I fully agree with the Premier that what was needed was a shift in the present mindset where industry players are instead of using automation and looking at global shifts in the work place concentrating on labor intensive changing to better technologies to increase productivity, which will bring more revenue.

Najib was right that with better use of technologies, one can reduce the need for foreign workers which is a never ending obsession in Malaysia as industry players, brokers, politically connected conduits live a life of extreme luxury from monies derived from dealing and managing foreign workers approvals and their logistics!

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If Malaysia wants to be competitive it is time as Najib alluded Malaysia’s private sector must place greater emphasis on the state of the art technology to increasing productivity because we need to compete at a higher level in view leaps made by our neighbors in the ASEAN region.

It is there my view that going forward the premier must establish a new task force which reports direct to him to initiate a plan of action to make his vision of moving away from foreign labor intensive ventures to one using the state of the art technology.

To realize this the task force should come out with a blue print that is put into play immediately and all government agencies especially the Home and Human Resources Ministries must play a supportive role in this not just lip service so that the dependence on foreign unskilled labor dependence will be stopped immediately!

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Failing which Malaysia will end up at the bottom of the barrel on technology transfer, the state of the art technology in ASEAN, and instead housing unskilled foreign workers coming with all kinds of medical illness, backgrounds, issues that may be a security threat in the near future!

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