KUCHING: Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) has proposed that the foreign labour market be opened to more Asian countries to address the shortage of workers in the industry.
Its secretary-general Sim Kiang Chiok lamented that the property development industry bumped into labour shortage issues ever since the implementation of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
“Many workers have moved to the SCORE area to seek jobs with higher salaries, thus leaving the rest of Sarawak with a shortage of workers.
“Sheda hopes that the state government will open up the foreign workers market to more Asian countries such as China, Burma and the Philippines, instead of mostly to Indonesia,” he said at the launch of Sheda Home and Property Road Show 2013 at Boulevard Shopping Mall here yesterday.
Assistant Minister of Housing Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah officiated at the three-day road show.
On another matter, Sim said the association still held the stand that low-cost houses should be built by the government through the contributions of income tax from all profit-making organisations.
He argued that the rising cost of construction and land prices had made it very challenging for industry players to pursue low-cost and low-cost plus housing programmes.