10k unused quotas revoked since 2014

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THE Labour Department yesterday revealed that 10,000 unused foreign labour quota have been revoked since July 2014.

The Acting Labour Commissioner Hj Rani BPSK DSS Hj Mohd Yusof said during a Darussalam Enterprises (DARe) dialogue session that 13,159 foreign labour quotas had been revoked from 2,540 companies in the country between July 2014 and April 2016.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Hj Rani said that the revoked quotas were no longer needed seeing as the companies did not fill them with foreign workers.

“If the foreign labour quotas are not being used, that means that they really do not need it,” he said.

“If they had truly needed foreign workers, they would have filled their quotas and that is just logic,” he said.

The ministry of home affairs announced a policy change in May 2014 to tackle unemployment and stem the influx of foreign workers into the country by immediately revoking all unused foreign labour quotas and slowly reducing it over time.

Between July 2014 and April 2016, the Labour Department has revoked 10,727 unused foreign labour quotas from 1,900 companies in the Brunei-Muara district, 1,835 from 377 companies in Belait, 470 from 212 companies in Tutong and 127 from 51 companies in Temburong.

Hj Rani said that the stemming of foreign workers coming into the country was done to ensure that the locals would be able to find employment in their own country.

“If the locals are unemployed, there is a risk that social ills such as stealing or drug abuse could be on the rise so we must ensure that our people can find jobs and stay in employment,” he said.

Hj Rani said that the key to reducing the reliance on foreign workers in the country is that the locals, especially the youth, must have a change in mindset of their approach to work.

“We have given everything such as training through the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency and finding the jobs for them but when they do turn up to work, they cannot stand it,” he said. Hj Rani said that in the cases of companies who continuously have trouble with local workers, the Labour Department would make an exception and allow them to hire foreign workers as they do not wish to see the business adversely affected by the problem of unreliable local workers.

Hj Rani was speaking on the sidelines of a dialogue session between senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and local business owners on labour issues held at the Design & Technology building in Kg Anggerek Desa.

The Brunei Times