"There are close to 7 million foreign workers here but only 2.1 million are documented"
"The report in Dhaka Tribune said the workers would enter Malaysia under the G2G (Government-to-Government) Plus scheme which allowed them employment in construction, service, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. Previously, Bangladeshi workers were only hired for plantations"
The union's secretary-general N. Gopal Kishnam said currently, thousands of Malaysian workers were traveling to Singapore daily to earn a living.
“Why? Who are the ones doing semi-skilled jobs in Singapore?
“Although it is semi-skilled, they are willing to commute daily as the wages are higher and commensurate with the work they do,” Gopal said in a strongly worded statement.
Hence, he said, it was a better to invest in training Malaysian workers and give them reasonable wages so that they too could undertake semi-skilled jobs in the country.
“Currently locals do not want these jobs as the pay is low and the working hours long,” Gopal said.
He added MTUC was also concerned about the high number of undocumented foreign workers currently in the country, adding that the government must find a solution to this before allowing the 1.5 million from Bangladesh into the country.
“If the government is serious about achieving Vision 2020, they should limit the number of foreign workers as stated in the 11th Malaysia Plan, which is to reduce the amount to just 15%.
“But based on what is happening currently, this cannot be achieved, until now, there are close to 7 million foreign workers here but only 2.1 million are documented,” he added.
As such, he urged the authorities to do an in-depth study on labour needs in order for the government to reduce dependance on foreign labour.
He said that of late, there were also reports of vice activity involving foreign workers.
“The country cannot depend on labour from other countries.
“This will only effect our local economy and the people,” Gopal added.
It was reported two days ago that the government's plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers could soon come to pass under a newly drafted memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bangladeshi government.
The report in Dhaka Tribune said the workers would enter Malaysia under the G2G (Government-to-Government) Plus scheme which allowed them employment in construction, service, manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
Previously, Bangladeshi workers were only hired for plantations. – February 11, 2016.
My take is 1.5 million Bangladeshis is a huge number of people.
No matter what the Gomen say, 1.5 million additional Bangladeshi to a burgeoning foreign labor population will have impact on our socio economic environment. These impacts must be studied first thoroughly to balance the economic impact that it might bring to the employer.
I think the Gomen ought to completely register all the illegal foreign workers in Malaysia first which could be in the millions on top of the legally registered 2.07 million migrant workers that we already have...only then consider allowing more foreign labor into the country.
Please stop saying that Malaysians do not want to do hard work, thats bullshit..and an insult to the Malaysian intelligence. Malaysia Boleh remember?