KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16, 2016:

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the people must accept the reality that locals, especially youths, were not keen to work in the “3D sector”, involving dangerous, dirty and difficult jobs.

As such, the move by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in challenging local youths last Sunday to take over jobs in the sector was clearly an effort to explain the reality that 3D jobs were unpopular with local workers and required foreigners to do them, he said.

He disclosed this to reporters when asked to comment on the matter after launching the “fitness in my pocket” application, here today.

The new application, developed by eSolved MSC Sdn Bhd, enables smart phone users to do simple physical exercises by themselves.

“On the issue of recruiting foreign workers for several industrial sectors, we have no choice at the moment but take in foreign workers,” he said.

Recently, it was reported that the government was planning to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers over a period of three to five years.

Khairy said youths in the country were not keen to work in the construction, plantation and manufacturing sectors because of several factors including low wages and heavy workload.

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