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Malaysia urges ban on workers from Bangladesh

Malaysia urges ban on workers from Bangladesh

Malaysian unions have urged the government to cancel visas given to 70,000 Bangladeshi workers as the country faces layoffs and the threat of a recession, reports said yesterday.
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) vice president A. Balasubramaniam told the New Straits Times newspaper that the situation for Malaysian workers was bleak enough without additional foreign manpower being brought in.
"More workers are calling us to report that they are facing retrenchment, their working hours reduced and their overtimes slashed," he said.
"With the future uncertain even for our own workers, it is untenable to bring in 70,000 Bangladeshi workers."
In January, the government banned the hiring of new foreign workers in the manufacturing and services sectors after a report forecast 45,000 Malaysians would lose their jobs in the next few months.
However, Human Resources Minister S. Subramaniam said the 70,000 Bangladeshis would be filling jobs in the plantation and construction sector, where the ban does not apply.
"This is because there is still a great demand for foreign workers in these sectors as we are unable to find locals to fill them," he told the paper.


Updated : 2021-02-28 06:36 GMT+08:00