Johor chief minister said locals "not keen" on manufacturing jobs

Johor's chief minister also said the state aims to attract more capital-intensive investments so as to reduce its need for foreign labour. 

Johor’s chief minister Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin would like the Malaysian Federal Government to provide clear guidelines and policies on the hiring of foreign workers for the manufacturing sector.

He said the guidelines would help ensure that employers hired locals instead of foreigners.

"I have said this before, Johor is not against the Federal Government's decision to bring in foreign workers as long as they do not create socio-economic problems," he said at the ground-breaking ceremony of the RM1.5 million (S$478,950) Pasar Muafakat Sabah@Johor.

He admitted that while Malaysians are “not keen” to take up manufacturing jobs, there are still many out-of-state Malaysians from Sabah who work in Johor factories.

To be precise, there are about 13,000 Sabahans working in Pasir Gudang factories alone.