SAMARAHAN — February 19, 2016: The government today announced that the recruitment of foreign workers has been put on hold until it ascertains the actual manpower needs of industries.
The suspension will also enable the government to review the revised two-category levy on foreign workers.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the government would focus on the foreign worker rehiring programme and step up enforcement to ensure that no more foreigners entered the country as workers.
“Foreign workers without valid documents or have overstayed will be arrested and sent back to their country of origin,” he said at a meeting with soldiers here.
Zahid stated that enforcement against illegal foreign workers would be intensified and implemented on a large scale.
He said it was hoped that Malaysians, especially youths, would respond to the government’s call for locals to take up jobs now held by foreigners and become the mainstay of the workforce to drive national economic growth.
In Putrajaya, the government reiterated an earlier clarification over the possible recruitment of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers to say that the figure in fact represents the total number of Bangladeshis registered for
job vacancies in 139 countries.
According to Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot, 1.5 million Bangladeshis had registered with the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment in Bangladesh for jobs overseas, including Malaysia.
It was widely reported that Malaysia would recruit 1.5 million Bangladeshis over the next three to five years.
Riot said the memorandum of understanding between the Malaysian and Bangladesh governments which he signed in Dhaka yesterday did not specify the number of Bangladeshi workers to be employed in Malaysia. — Bernama