No need for new law against foreign workers who do business

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has pointed out that there is nothing to stop the government from taking action against foreigners who came to Malaysia as workers but are instead doing business.

Commenting on a statement by Treasury Secretary-General Irwan Serigar Abdullah about the huge number of foreigners conducting business in the country, MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said there was no need for a new law to enable legal action against errant immigrants.

Such action was already provided for under the Immigration Act and Local Government Act, he said.

On Thursday, news reports quoted Irwan as saying that about four million foreigners in Malaysia were engaged in their own businesses. He did not say how many were unlicensed.

Speaking to graduates who had completed a six-month entrepreneurship course, Irwan gave the example of traders at the Chow Kit commercial district. He said half of them were Indonesians.

This prompted Selayang MP William Leong to complain about the government’s alleged negligence.

Leong, a member of PKR, urged the authorities to take firm action to ensure that foreigners did not end up robbing Malaysians of business opportunities.