Malaysia PM Department: Foreigners taking away jobs from locals

07March 2009,  source from

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign workers and students are taking away business opportunities from locals by working longer hours for less.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S.K. Devamany said they were also turning away from labour-intensive jobs to go into the micro-credit system.

He said they were running businesses in Kampung Baru and the Chow Kit area, besides farming in rural areas. He also said locals allowed foreigners to run their businesses.

“The more foreigners work here, the more difficult it will be for locals to get a salary hike.”

There are about three million foreigners working in Malaysia.
To curb the trend, Devamany suggested several measures, including intensifying enforcement against foreigners and amendments to the law requiring employers to balance their workforce.

“Fifty per cent of the work force should be locals and the rest could be foreigners,” he said after launching the Career and Scholarship Guidance Seminar 2009 here yesterday.

The seminar will be held nationwide this month to help those with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia qualifications look for higher education, training and job prospects.

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  • ahmed bilal  On August 5, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    its very good decian frome the malaysia there are alot of educated and expericed forigens in malaysia. malay GOV want to get benfit frome these forigens


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