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Soppoa lauds ‘passionate’, ‘proactive’ deputy minister in solving oil palm plantation labour issues

Thursday, 13 April 2023

KUCHING, April 4: Sarawak Oil Palm Plantation Owners Association (Soppoa) expresses gratitude to the Sarawak government for the green light to hire foreign plantation workers from more source countries apart from Indonesia.

Eric Kiu Kwong Seng

Eric Kiu Kwong Seng

SOPPOA chairman Eric Kiu Kwong Seng said following the approval from the Sarawak government, the oil palm sector can now source their foreign workers from Bangladesh, Nepal, India and the Philippines.

The association extended its thanks to the Sarawak government, Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and especially to Deputy Minister in Premier’s Department (Labour, Immigration and Project Monitoring) Dato Gerawat Gala for the approval.

“During the pandemic, transition to endemic and followed by the opening of international borders, Soppoa has constantly communicated with YB Datuk Gerawat to update him on current issues related to foreign workers.

“Most importantly, YB Datuk Gerawat is very passionate and proactive in solving labour issues faced by the oil palm industry.

“We must endorse that the Premier has chosen the right candidate for the job,” Kiu said in a statement today.

He also revealed that Soppoa looks forward to the implementation of an integrated digital platform as disclosed by Gerawat for the application, monitoring and approval of foreign workers to work in

Sarawak. — DayakDaily