Sarawak will have a mobile app for foreign work permits, says PM

Abang Johari presents an award to Rewi Hamid Bugo of Petra Jaya Properties Sdn Bhd, who received a Sheda Excellence Award. From right, Ting, Dr. Sim, Wong and Sheda’s Annual Dinner Host Chair, Angie Kueh. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING (August 11): Sarawak will soon have a mobile application for a common data service to eliminate bureaucracy, as well as facilitate and speed up the process of applying for foreign work permits, said Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the app would be particularly useful for players in the construction, manufacturing and plantation sectors.

He pointed out that this was necessary as Sarawak faces a labor shortage, which is further aggravated by the complex and lengthy work permit application process.

“Currently, the work permit application process for foreign workers has to go through all this bureaucracy because to do that, you have to go through the Department of Immigration, the Department of Labor, and then the Office of the Secretary of State. .

“That’s why it currently takes a bit of time to issue a work permit,” he explained during the official at Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ 2022 Annual Dinner and Achievement Awards. Association (Sheda) last night.

He said the app will be a common platform for data enabling the processing of work permits.

Abang Johari said a committee headed by Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Labour, Immigration and Project Monitoring) Datuk Gerawat Gala would review the procedures as well as the work permit issuance process.

“With this new approach, we hope that the work permit issuance period will be accelerated, so we will bring Sheda into the committee to facilitate the work permit issuance process including construction, manufacturing and planting,” he said. he declared.

He also said that the state cabinet has agreed to issue five-year work permits to professional expatriates who come to Sarawak, especially those working in strategic economic sectors such as energy and digital industry. .

Among those present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Sheda President Augustine Wong and Sheda Excellence Awards Organization Chairman Dato Alex Ting.






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