No shortage in M’sia despite Myanmar foreign worker ban

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JERLUN: Malaysia will not be short on foreign workers even if Myanmar were to stop its citizens from coming to work in the country, says Deputy Finance Minister Othman Aziz.

He said there were about 56,000 Myanmar nationals currently working in various sectors in the country, especially in the plantation and construction sectors.

“It will not be a problem. Many other countries can accommodate our need for foreign workers.

“As a peaceful and prosperous country, many foreign people are waiting for an opportunity to work in Malaysia,” he told reporters after handing over school aid contributed by PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) to 1,000 children in the Jerlun parliamentary constituency here today.

Last Monday, the Myanmar Ministry of Immigration announced that licenses would no longer be issued to its citizens seeking employment in Malaysia.

However, two days ago, Human Resource Minister Richard Riot Jaem said his ministry had not received any official notification from the Myanmar government on the matter.