Thursday, June 8

DPM: Foreign labour recruitment delayed, including Bangladeshis

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The government has decided to delay the recruitment of foreign labour, including those from Bangladesh.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Ahmad Hamidi after attending a function at Muara Tuang Army Camp here today (Feb 19).

“The government has decided to delay recruiting all foreign workers including Bangladeshis.

“All employers are to recruit local workers following this announcement. Furthermore, the government will also review the two-tier levy programme,” he said.

Zahid pointed out that the new policy was to make sure that no foreign workers would be brought to Malaysia while foreign workers who were without official papers or had overstayed their welcome would be nabbed and deported.

He said the government would see to it that foreign workers who remained in the country without the necessary documents would not be used as labour again in Malaysia.

“Enforcement initiatives will be launched and we hope our people will take over the role of foreign labour to be the main driver of the country’s economic development.

“This policy will go on for as long as the government sees the need or when the demand from the industry arises,” he stated.