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Textile sector looks up to Govt for support
Apr '10
The Malaysian textile industry is in a tight spot and falling behind the other textile manufacturing countries in the region such as Cambodia, India, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The required support from the Government and financial sector would prove to be helpful for the industry to maintain its competitiveness and remain relevant, was the opinion of an expert.

The expert said that the government of Malaysia should take steps, to sustain textile industry, similar to those of other countries. For instance, there is bill in the US, which makes it compulsory to use only locally-manufactured fabrics for producing staff uniforms of health, military and postal departments.

Same could be done in Malaysia, by including a few more departments such as police, immigration and customs. Also, the uniforms for school children and participants of the National Service Program should be manufactured from locally-made fabrics, stated the expert.

Approval for such a bill from the Parliament would not only benefit the textile industry but also the small and medium-scale enterprises, especially in support and service sectors.

Despite of the international recognition as a supplier of reliable and quality products, it would be difficult for the Malaysian textile industry to survive, considering that, other countries are growing fast.

The textile industry in the country, which is labour-intensive is dependent on foreign workers as local workers are not interested in joining the sector.

During the past 10 years, textiles and apparel exports from the country have showed a upward trend, though it witnessed a plunge to RM8.93 billion last year from RM10.49 billion in the year 2008, on account of the global economic meltdown.

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