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Shortage of local skilled stitching workforce
Feb '10
Rising demand for costume-made garments and dearth of practiced domestic tailors in Malaysia are threatening not only the growth but the sustainability of a number of tailoring shops in the country.

Around 2,000 traditional Indian tailor shops in the country urged the Malaysian government to allow them to hire skilled workers from foreign countries as there are very few skilled workers in the country.

As a number of tailoring shops in the country are at the verge of closure, it has become necessary to relax visa regulations in order to meet the mounting requirement of skilled tailors, stated an expert.

Lack of sustainable skilled workforce in tailoring sector is considered as one of the key reasons for this shortage. At present, the country has hired the traditional sewing experts from India and Pakistan, he informed.

Fear of delay from the government in giving nod to hire foreign workers, which could force the industry entrepreneurs to close their shops, made numerous industry representatives to approach Malaysian Indian Business Association (MIBA) for assistance.

The expert said that the government should conduct long-term training programs to generate skilled local workforce as their efforts to train local workers to avoid hiring foreigners were fruitless as women workers preferred to work from home.

MIBA, which is a non-profit and non-governmental organization facilitating entrepreneurial integration of the Malaysian Indians in the region, will present a memorandum to the Human Resources Ministry to settle this issue, and is planning to form an Indian tailors' association.

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