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[Vol. 3 No. 2] Foreign Worker’s Remittance and Risk of Regional Economy: A Preliminary Study on
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Foreign Worker’s Remittance and Risk of Regional Economy: A Preliminary Study on
the Oil Palm Plantation Sector in the East Coast of Sabah, Malaysia

Ahmad Mosfi Mahmood, W. Shawaluddin W. Hassan, Judding Bakri, Muhammad Syarafi and AlzubairRijal
School of Business and Economics, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MALAYSIA

(Abstract) As a considerably largest industry in Sabah, the oil palm plantation sector has been contributing significantly to the state’s economy. The sector is also notable for hiring the considerably huge number of foreign workers, with the approximation of more than 80 percent of foreign workers involved in the oil palm industry. The heavy reliance on foreign workers is associated to the large remittance outflow from Malaysia. This paper aims to descriptively analyze the demographic and socioeconomics of foreign workers in oil palm plantation sector on remittances. About 30 foreign workers participated in this study through convenience sampling. The study concludes that the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics are significant in explaining the pattern, decisions and motivations for sending money to the homeland.

Key words: foreign worker, remittance, risk of regional economy



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