Sunday, November 25, 2007


Centre to help locals who want to Work overseas
The State Labour Department has extended its services for local workers who want to work overseas by setting up a centre through which they can seek information and advice from. Its director, Siti Aishah Hj Mohd Asri, said the centre would be set up in all of the department’s offices throughout the State. “The centre will assist local workers by providing them with the relevant information needed if they wish to work overseas,” she said. Siti Aisah added that the department hopes the services provided by the centre will prevent local workers from being cheated by recruitment agencies or their employers overseas. She told reporters this after presenting toys and educational equipment to a day-care centre at Desa Bombalai, Table Estate, Golden Hope Plantation(S) Sdn Bhd here yesterday morning. The director also disclosed that the Federal Government had assigned a labour attache in Singapore this year to assist Malaysian workers in the republic. Siti Aisah also spoke on the importance of education for children and said under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, facilities and educational facilities at day-care centres would be reviewed and improved further. “It is our responsibility to ensure that our children, especially those in the rural areas, receive an education. I hope other plantations will emulate what has been done here today,” she said. Siti also noted that the improvement of facilities and equipment at the centre will spur the children’s physical and mental development. There are more than 400 plantations in Sabah and a majority of them have their own day-care centre. Also present at the ceremony were the Senior Assistant I of Table Plantation, Azhari Bin M Kalam, and the district Labour Department chief, Othman Abdullah.