Back in 2016, Malaysia and Bangladesh had signed a memorandom of understanding (MoU) to allow 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers
to find jobs here in stages.
That's a lot of foreign labour!
Hence the government has called to review the agreement
to stop relying too much on foreign workers, as reported by the New Straits Times
Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said the government wants to reduce our dependency on foreign labour and only allow them out of necessity.
After all, priority should be given first and foremost to Malaysians, in terms of jobs and employment.
Any agreement made with other countries will also be reviewed soon.
However, Bangladeshi workers who are already working in Malaysia legally will not be forced to just pack up and leave
Besides that, the ministry will also try to help fill up job vacancies
which were once taken up by foreign workers by training locals as well as implementing other measures.
"Our priority should always be on our workers, certain industries are filled by foreign workers," Kulasegaran said.