Not Time yet to abolish work permit - SAPP
Kota Kinabalu, Sep 5, 2009 (The Borneo Post): The Sabah Progressive Party
(SAPP) Deputy President Datuk Liew Teck Chan said the time has not come to
abolish work permit requirements of West Malaysians and Sarawak who work
Although the government is promoting the 1 Malaysia concepts, many
unsolved problems in the state, especially the high unemployment rate of Sabahans, make it inappropriate for it to be implemented at this time.
“During this economic slowdown, many Sabahans are finding it hard to get a
job and some are even forced to work overseas.?
“It is not time yet for Sabah to practice an open door policy and let
others come into the state to work without any requirements,?he said when
asked to comment yesterday.
When asked to comment about many professionals such as doctors who are
required to apply for work permits even though Sabah needs their services,
Liew said they must go through proper procedures in order for the
government to exercise appropriate control on them.
“Once we abolish the requirement it will cause chaos in the management
system,?he said, adding that the government could liberate some
regulations but a proper management system must be in place.