KUCHING: It is incorrect to single out the state government for the lack of employment opportunities in Sarawak.

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah (pic) said that regardless of ample opportunities locally, the people are always seeking for greener pastures.

She was responding to Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak secretary Andrew Lo who chided the state government on the matter.

Lo had on Thursday told FMT that the lack of opportunities led to Sarawakians seeking employment overseas and consequently ended with them becoming victims of job scam syndicates.

Early last year, 40 Sarawakians were arrested in Cambodia for alleged involvement in jobs scam which prompted the state government to bring them out of the country.

“Such (job scams) will continue to happen, even if there are job opportunities here, the people would be looking for greener pastures.

“This is because the syndicate would purportedly offer very attractive salaries to attract people,” Fatimah told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

She advised Sarawakians who are presented with lucrative offer from overseas to verify the legitimacy of the employers.

“Check with the Labour Department and relevant authorities as now there are a lot of people who fall for such thing.

“I would advise that if anyone receive this kind of offer which sounds lucrative, to take it a grain of salt,” she said.