The Johor state claims to have 10,000 job vacancies available and is advising Malaysians who have just lost their job in Singapore to find job opportunities in Johor.
Last week, Singapore became the first Asian country to enter recession, after recording two successive contractions in the GDP growth.
The country’s dependency on export market become a major culprit after the export demand, particularly from Europe and America plunged to a new low amid the weakening economy.
And with the economic crisis deepening, major companies in the country from various industries are expected to slash jobs and retrench people. As with the usual practice, whenever retrenchment occurs, foreign workers will have to go first. And that include Malaysians.
The Johor state government has opened up new job counters in Muar, Batu Pahat, Kluang and Segamat with a specific purpose to assist those retrenched in Singapore finding jobs in Johor.
There are more than 300,000 Malaysians who are currently working in Singapore. Apart from Malaysians, Singapore is also an attractive working destination for foreigners coming from all parts of the world including America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. Through a study, HSBC Bank International named Singapore as the world’s best country for expatriates in 2008, ahead of US and UAE.