Mr. Poonsak Sethanandha, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Labour, led a medical team to provide health checks for over 100 Thai workers at Perbana Emas Company in Malaysia’s Sarawak state, where local workers lack access to medical services. He said Thai workers are demanded by Malaysian employers due to their skills and that Thai workers should be disciplined and keep away from gambling and alcohols.
Mr. Poonsak said there were 134 Thai workers at Perbana Emas Company. The company runs construction business and has to send workers to construction site in remote areas, where access to medical services is limited. Ministry of Labour’s officials and the medical team from Rajavithi Hospital and Songkhlar Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital, therefore, made the stop there to give Thai workers health checks and medical advices.
Mr. Poonsak said the service would help Thai workers learn to correctly take care of themselves and protect themselves from diseases. A total of 109 workers received the service, most of whom suffered body ache, likely to have been caused by hard work and respiratory disease, caused by dusts from carpentry works.
Mr. Poonsak said foreign workers, in general, seem to like Thai workers due to their hard-work and responsibility. Thai workers are also more skilled than workers from other countries. However, some employers say Thai workers addict to alcohols and gambling and that they need Thai authorities to help take care of the matters.
Mr. Poonsak urged Thai workers to avoid alcohols and gambling, saying that without these things, they will be able to save and send more money back to their family in Thailand.
Meanwhile, Ms. Pataraporn Samantarath, Minister Counsellor (Labour Affairs), said there are a total of 441 Thai workers in the Sarawak state. Alcohol addiction is the most serious of problem of Thai workers in Malaysia. Some of them spend all their money on alcohols and have no money left to send home. When they suffer from loss of control, they could also end up having problems with local people. During the health checks service, medical staffs also gave them advice to keep away from alcohols.