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Malaysia freezes recruitment of all foreign workers
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Malaysia has suspended recruitment of all foreign workers, including from Bangladesh, the deputy minister of the country announced today.

The announcement came a day after Malaysia signed a deal to recruit nearly 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh within a span of three years.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the deputy prime minister, said the moratorium will be enforced with immediate effect and will stay in force while the government reviews the two-tier levy programme for foreign workers.

“We urge all employers to recruit local workers,” he told local media adding that existing illegal workers in Malaysia would be detained and deported.

Zahid, who is also the home minister, said it was hoped that Malaysians, especially youths, would respond to the government’s call for locals to take up the jobs now held by foreigners and become the mainstay of the nation’s workforce to drive national economic growth.

Malaysian Human Resource Minister Richard Riot on Thursday signed a deal with Bangladesh’s Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam to begin the process of recruitment of Bangladeshi workers.

He had impressed upon Malaysians the need to bring in foreign workers to address what he said were critical labour shortages in the manufacturing and plantation sectors.

Putrajaya is facing resistance and criticism from several civil and trade groups over its plan to bring in the foreign workers in significant numbers, according to reports.

Workers groups such as the Malaysian Trade Unions Congress (MTUC) said local workers should be given priority for jobs.

It acknowledged Malaysians’ tendency to reject ’3D’ – dirty, dangerous and difficult – jobs, but argued that it was only because of the low pay, Malay Mail newspaper reported.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had previously said Putrajaya will review the decision to recruit at least some of the 1.5 million Bangladeshis following public outcry over the proposal.

Malaysia has suspended recruitment of all foreign workers, including from Bangladesh, the deputy minister of the country said on Friday.

The announcement came a day after Malaysia signed a deal to recruit nearly 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh within a span of three years.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the deputy prime minister, said the moratorium will be enforced with immediate effect and will stay in force while the government reviews the two-tier levy programme for foreign workers.

“We urge all employers to recruit local workers,” he told local media adding that existing illegal workers in Malaysia would be detained and deported.

Zahid, who is also the home minister, said it was hoped that Malaysians, especially youths, would respond to the government’s call for locals to take up the jobs now held by foreigners and become the mainstay of the nation’s workforce to drive national economic growth.

Malaysian Human Resource Minister Richard Riot on Thursday signed a deal with Bangladesh’s Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam to begin the process of recruitment of Bangladeshi workers.

He had impressed upon Malaysians the need to bring in foreign workers to address what he said were critical labour shortages in the manufacturing and plantation sectors.

Putrajaya is facing resistance and criticism from several civil and trade groups over its plan to bring in the foreign workers in significant numbers, according to reports.

Workers groups such as the Malaysian Trade Unions Congress (MTUC) said local workers should be given priority for jobs.

It acknowledged Malaysians’ tendency to reject ’3D’ – dirty, dangerous and difficult – jobs, but argued that it was only because of the low pay, Malay Mail newspaper reported.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had previously said Putrajaya will review the decision to recruit at least some of the 1.5 million Bangladeshis following public outcry over the proposal.

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