No extension of the deadline for hiring foreign workers

NIBONG TEBAL: The government has no plans to extend the deadline of May 31, which was the last day for hiring foreign workers into the country, including Bangladeshis.

The Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail stated that the given period was reasonable for all foreign worker processes.

Bernama reported that he said, “We factored all the relevant processes when we set the date. From the quota approval to health checks, visas and flight tickets.” He spoke after the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, visited the Seberang Perai Prison yesterday.

Saifuddin Nasution recently said that there were over 20,000 foreigners who entered the country in four days from May 28 to 31.

When we checked, those who entered had visas that were approved 10 years ago.

He said, “Why wait until May 31st to bring in foreign workers?”

Saifuddin Nasution stated that based on the projected numbers and the recent trend, which has seen more than 20 000 entries, the country would have more than 2,6 million foreign workers in December of this year. This is exceeding the target set by the Economic Planning Unit of 2.5 million foreigners.

He said that the number of foreign workers had reached the required level for manufacturing, construction and services sectors.

He said that the government would process the plantation and agricultural sectors according to existing approvals without new approvals, and on the basis of the individual cases.

Bangladesh asked Malaysia to extend the entry period for nearly 17,000 Bangladeshi employees who were granted work visas, but had missed the deadline of May 31.

Saifuddin Nasution, in another development said that he did not want to intervene in the case involving a police escort for a VIP who was being investigated over the alleged assault on a disabled person. Instead he handed the case to Inspector-General Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

Razarudin announced on Friday that the police will summon all the officers involved in this investigation to Bukit Aman to help with the investigations.

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