ACCCIM: Gov’t should be cautious about 1.5m Bangladeshis

Associated-Chinese-Chambers-of-Commerce-and-Industry-of-Malaysia-(ACCCIM)-president-Ter-Leong-YapKUALA LUMPUR: The government’s move to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers should be carefully examined and thought out before implementation, cautions Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) President Ter Leong Yap.

“Usually, companies which require foreign workers will make applications to the relevant agencies for a set number of workers. The agencies will then bring in the required number of workers.

“1.5 million is a big number. You need to be careful about that,” Ter told reporters at a press conference here today.

Ter also agreed with Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s statement that increasing the wages of construction workers would result in more expensive homes, stressing that costs were dependent on a whole set of factors.

“That may be true. In any industry, construction or otherwise, the increase in costs could be minimal. Developers could choose to absorb the increased costs. It all depends on the extent of the increase,” Ter said.

“In any case, colour (race) is not an issue. It’s not something we see when employing workers.”

Khairy had claimed in recent reports that if Malaysians are paid more, the costs of living including property prices, will spike.