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PUBLISHED: Jun 26, 2015 4:58pm

Malaysia to be flooded with foreign workers in three years’ time, warns Abdullah Sani

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MICHAEL MURTY By:
Michael Murty

Kuala Langat Member of Parliament Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid says the sudden influx of foreign workers is quite outrageous. — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 26, 2015

Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi’s statement that a total of 1.5 million new foreign workers from Bangladesh will be brought in over a period of three years is troubling and absurd, says a PKR lawmaker.

Kuala Langat Member of Parliament Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid said the sudden surge was quite outrageous.

“The number of registered foreign workers in 2014 reached 2.1 million while there are 4 million unregistered workers.

“According to a statement by the Human Resources Ministry, the number of foreign workers in Malaysia is estimated at over 6.7 million and will reach 8.2 million with this new addition which translates to 26% of the population in Malaysia,” he said in a press statement.

He commented with this, came the problem of placement of this workforce.

“In what areas and sectors are they placed?

“These things need to be clarified in advance, and I urge the minister to bring this matter to Parliament urgently to be discussed thoroughly.

“Malaysians do not want and cannot afford to bear the burden of so many foreign workers who will take semi-skilled jobs.”

He said the government should outline policies to help the industries and sectors that needed workers with an incentive to upgrade equipment and the level of education of these workers, rather than with short-term solutions such as bringing in more foreign workers.

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