Tourism labour issues affect Malaysia's reopening efforts

MALAYSIA: Manpower shortages among hotels and other tourism destinations could affect the country’s recent reopening to international borders.

Many tourism professionals were forced to venture into new businesses or change industries, having been among thousands of lay-offs over the past two years.

Dr Sri Ganesh Michiel, deputy president of the Malaysia Budget and Business Hotel Association, said many of its members are still cash-strapped and will take a while to recover, "The hotel industry is still in the process of recovery... the decision (to raise the minimum wage) is not fair to the hotel industry players."

UMLand’s representative was optimistic that the industry would slowly recover. "The reopening of the border will bring back some hope for the hard-pressed business sector and for those commuting to work in Singapore."

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