KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the people must accept the reality that locals, especially the youths, are not keen to work in the ‘3D sector’, namely dangerous, dirty and difficult section.
As such, the move by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in challenging local youths last Sunday to take over the sector was clearly an effort to explain the reality of the sector which was unpopular with local workers and needed foreigners to do the work, he said.
He disclosed this to reporters when asked to comment on the matter after launching the ‘fitness in my pocket’ application, here yesterday.
The new application, developed by eSolved MSC Sdn Bhd, enables smart phone users to train and do simple physical exercises by themselves.
Khairy said: “On the issue of recruiting foreign workers for several industrial sectors, we have no choice for the moment but to take in the foreign workers.”
Recently, the government was reported to be planning to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers over a period of three to five years.
Khairy said the youths were not keen to work in the construction, plantation and manufacturing sectors because of several factors including the low pay and the heavy work load. — Bernama