MoHA to introduce new limits for foreign workers quota

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Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong speaking at the Legislative Council meeting. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) is looking to implement new limits for foreign workers to be hired in certain sectors to make way for more job opportunities for the locals.

Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong said that such initiative is currently being reviewed together with the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI).

The minister said that the introduction of the limits will be a follow-up to the Foreign Worker’s License (LPA) system introduced in 2016 – which has allowed a total of 1,716 vacancies originally posted for foreigners to be filled by local workers.

“The next step is to implement a “responsible foreign worker displacement ratio” to open more positions for the locals in the public sector, especially in a number of industries that give significant impact,” he said.

The minister added that MoHA is currently reviewing three main sectors for the foreign workers ratio (NTA) namely construction and education as well as retail and wholesale.  These sectors were pinpointed due to the high ratio of foreign workers to locals.

“In construction alone, more or less the ratio is 80 percent foreigners and 20 percent locals.  Based on the Labour Census 2017, there are 22,510 foreign workers in the construction sector and 11,569 in retail and wholesale,” he said.

“We hoped to be able to implement this after hosting further discussion with relevant sectors,” the minister said.

The Bruneian