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Many construction companies forced to close, group says

Published on: Saturday July 16, 2022

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The construction industry faces a shortage of around 550,000 workers, according to the Master Builders Association Malaysia.

PETALING JAYA: Critical labor shortages, high agency fees and a 30% rise in the price of building materials have forced several industry players to go out of business, says the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM). MMFA President Wee Hiang Chyn said the problems faced by the industry were compounded by the worsening Russian-Ukrainian conflict which led to supply chain disruptions and inflation. Wee wants the government to step in and help solve the problems facing many of its 17,000 members, especially the shortage of around 550,000 workers needed by the construction industry, China Press reported.

He urged the government to set up a special recruitment “track” for the construction industry to speed up the process of recruiting foreign labor. According to Wee, despite the fact that Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bangladesh for the recruitment of foreign workers, there were issues that prevented workers from coming here. “We hope the government can intervene quickly and simplify the recruitment process,” he told the daily.

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Chairman of Selangor and Federal Territory Kin Cho Hong Chua Hang Long said many construction projects across the country have come to a halt due to labor shortages and soaring material costs. . “Currently, we are faced with a situation where there is work but no one to do the work. “Even if we want to bid on construction projects, we’re not sure we can handle them,” he said.

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