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Malaysia’s palm oil producers recruit prisoners, ex-drug addicts to solve coronavirus-driven labour shortage

Malaysia’s labour-reliant palm oil companies are looking to recruit recovering drug addicts and prisoners to solve a severe shortage of foreign workers that has worsened in the wake of a pandemic-driven border closure.Planters in the world’s second-largest palm oil producer have in recent months embarked on rare recruitment drives to hire locals to do everything from harvesting to fertilising, but response has been lukewarm.As durian demand spikes, are Malaysian farmers paying the price?“We are…

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