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Saturday, 12 August 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Give priority to local workers in oil industry

THE downturn in the oil and gas sector since the second half of 2014 has caused a lot of hardship on Malaysian petroleum professionals especially qualified geoscientists. Many have not been employed for some time.

The future continues to look gloomy as the price of oil is still in the doldrums and is expected to remain low for a while yet.

Petroleum companies in Malay­sia are not hiring. One of the reasons is that there are many expatriates taking up jobs that can be done by locals.

Many of these expatriates have been working in our leading petroleum company for up to 21 years. There are many others who work in local petroleum companies as well.

The hiring of Malaysians is also not transparent as the jobs are not advertised in the local media.

It is time for government depart­ments and authorities like the Board of Geologists Malaysia, Human Resources and Immigra­tion to work together to give priority to Malaysian workers.

BROKEN RICE BOWL

Kuala Lumpur