Malaysia to recruit 45,000 foreign workers to ease crunch

Malaysia is set to recruit some 45,000 foreign workers, mostly from India.

Updated: Feb 27, 2011, 23:27 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia is set to recruit
some 45,000 foreign workers, mostly from India, to overcome
massive labour shortages, particularly in the country`s
small-scale business sectors.

Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam, who
is of Indian ethnic origin, today said the the government has
approved the recruitment of 45,000 foreign workers to meet the
demand in 13 small-scale business sectors, which are currently
facing manpower shortage.

"They had applied to the prime minister and to my
ministry through the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of
Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) for the government to approve
the recruitment of 90,000 foreign workers," said Subramaniam,
who is the Deputy President of the Malaysian Indian Congress
(MIC), a major component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional

He said the government had now agreed to approve the
entry of 45,000 foreign workers into 13 business sectors to
meet the initial requirement so that they can continue

Subramaniam said the approval was to ease labour
shortage in various sectors, including restaurants, grocery
shops and the textile industry which had difficulty in
recruiting local workers.

Subramaniam said the government was still in
discussions to distribute the 45,000 foreign workers according
to the 13 business sectors and a decision was expected to be
made within a month.

He said most of the foreign workers were from India.
Ethnic Indians form eight per cent of Malaysia`s
population of 27 million people.