Malaysia to reduce overseas workers
- Published: 5 Mar 2013 at 23.09
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Malaysia plans to reduce its reliance on foreign workers by phasing out labour-intensive industries and monitoring investments closely.
The government wants a “manageable” number of overseas workers, Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia’s trade and industry minister, told reporters in Singapore on Tuesday.
“We are moving up the value chain,” Mustapa said. “Malaysia is not a place for purely labour-intensive industries,” he said, adding that while the nation will continue to need foreign workers in plantations, restaurants and as domestic helpers, it will be “more selective” in evaluating investment proposals from companies.
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