Flooded by Bangladeshi
Malaysia Need 70,000 More Bangladeshi Worker
The Human Resources Ministry is to ensure that the more than 70,000 Bangladeshi workers coming soon to Malaysia to take up employment are confined to the plantation, construction and services sectors, Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said today.
He said the government would only allow them to work in these three sectors as the jobs for foreigners in the other sectors had been frozen.
“If they are coming to work in the other sectors, where the jobs have been frozen, the matter has to be looked into with the Home Affairs Ministry for a decision,” he told reporters after a ceremony at the Sannasimalai Hindu temple in Cheng, here.
Dr Subramaniam was commenting on the statement by the Labour Counsellor at the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Talat Mahmud Khan, yesterday that more than 70,000 Bangladeshi workers were expected to arrive in Malaysia soon to take up employment in the plantation, construction and services sectors.
He said the government had in place a policy to reduce the number of foreign workers in the country and that it was being implemented.
Only 21,000 Pakistani workers were brought into Malaysia in the last six years following a manpower supply pact signed by both countries in October 2003.
Nadeem said the quota could not be fulfilled because the Pakistani workers felt the wages and perks here were unsatisfactory.
“Pakistani workers preferred to work in the Middle East countries where wages were very attractive and work conditions better. Moreover, it was also nearer home,” he told Bernama here.
Nadeem said the High Commission had set up a dedicated unit to assist Pakistani workers to get adjusted to the Malaysian way of life and also solve any problems they had with their employers.
– Bernama –
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