JOHOR BARU, Feb 19, 2016:

The Malaysian Datuk Entrepreneurs Association (PUDM) wants the government to reconsider its freeze on the intake of foreign workers from all source countries as it would have an adverse impact on employers and the industrial sector.

Its president Datuk Seri Chen Kim Hock said the decision would impact development and economic growth as Malaysia depended a lot on the services of foreign workers.

“The full impact will be felt within a year and things will only get worse after that and could lead to companies becoming bankrupt,” he told a press conference called by the association following the announcement on the freeze by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Kota Samarahan in Sarawak earlier today.

Chen, who is also the president of the Motorcycle and Scooter Sellers Association of Johor, added that Malaysia depended heavily on foreign workers, particularly Bangladeshis, mainly in the construction and plantation sectors.

Ahmad Zahid in making the announcement said the government had put on hold the recruitment of workers from all source countries until it ascertains the actual manpower needs of industries.

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