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Hiring locals for petrol-station jobs ‘difficult’ in more ways than one
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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian labour for petrol stations nationwide is scarce despite employers’ willingness to hire locals, said an industry group.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about unemployment, Shell Petroleum Dealers’ Association Malaysia president Datuk Abd Wahid Bidin said members find it difficult to hire Malaysians due to a host of factors.

This is among the reasons behind calls for the government to allow leeway for the sector to hire migrant workers, he told The Vibes.

He said there are currently more than 1,000 Shell petrol dealers nationwide, most of which prefer to employ locals.

However, there is a trend of high turnover among them, and low interest in working petrol-station jobs.

On average, said Wahid, each station requires six to eight workers, but there is a shortage of two or three staff at each outlet.

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