5000 Jobs for Lankans in Malaysian Plantation Sector; Agreement to be Signed at the End of 2016
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is in Sri Lanka for a two-day official visit, urged investors and industry players in Sri Lanka to seize the opportunity to choose Malaysia as their preferred investment destination.
Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said many business people, especially investors, overlook Malaysia as a safe haven for investments.
He said Sri Lanka achieved foreign direct investments worth some 2 billion dollars from companies in Malaysia involving various sectors.
Malaysia has agreed to provide employment opportunities for Sri Lankan professionals and skilled workers.
President’s Media Unit stated that the relevant agreement will be signed between the two countries at the end of this year.
A leading Malaysian newspaper, The Star reported quoting Malaysian Vice President as saying that “Malaysia has informed Sri Lankan authorities about its plan to recruit 5000 Sri Lankans to its plantation sector.” The recruitment drive will commence after studying the legal aspect with regard to the recruitment of foreign workers.
The Malaysias deputy prime Minister also stated that his government expects to provide orientation training to the potential Sri Lankan workers about Malaysian social and cultural background.
Zahid hamidi said Malaysia's High Commission office in Sri Lanka has to play an important role in guiding more investors from Malaysia to promote their business here and brief them on the business opportunities in Sri Lanka