KUALA LUMPUR — August 3, 2017: Felda Global Ventures Holdings has (FGV) had hired almost 600 foreign workers to overcome the labour shortage at its plantations.
The workers from Bangladesh and Indonesia began to arrive in stages this month to cover the shortage of about 8,000 workers.
“Thank God this problem is being addressed immediately. This is a top priority for FGV to ensure optimum production from the plantations,” said FGV officer-in-charge Datuk Khairil Anuar Aziz in a statement today.
Apart from cooperation from various government ministries and agencies, FGV is also grateful to the foreign missions of the two countries.
“FGV would always ensure every entry process of its foreign workers is in compliance with both countries’ laws and policies. As a responsible company, we are also committed to the standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) on the employment hiring process,” he said.
At the same time FGV is actively conducting research and development for the plantation sector especially in the areas of mechanisation to ease the workload and efficiency of day-to-day operations.
Work undertaken by workers is now assisted by mechanical equipment, as well as high tech machineries compared to the past.
Khairil Anuar said the company had recently launched a nationwide recruitment drive to hire workers and applications can be sent directly to any FGV office or by email to [email protected].
FGV operates over 450,000 hectares of plantations in the country. The plantation sector contributes 70 per cent towards the main source of FGV’s income, placing it amongst the world’s major crude palm oil producers. — Bernama