2m le­gal for­eign work­ers in Malaysia

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THERE are al­most two mil­lion for­eign­ers cur­rently work­ing legally in Malaysia, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi (pix).

Work­ers from In­done­sia topped the list of coun­tries with the most num­ber here, said Ah­mad Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter.

“Un­til Sept 30 this year, the num­ber of for­eign work­ers who hold the Visit Pass-Tem­po­rary Em­ploy­ment (PLKS) which is still valid and ac­tive in Malaysia to­tal 1,854,684 peo­ple,” he said.

“The fig­ure rep­re­sents for­eign work­ers who are legally em­ployed and is­sued with PLKS by the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment,” he said in a writ­ten re­ply.

He was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion by Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segam­but) who asked the min­istry to state the num­ber of for­eign work­ers in Malaysia ac­cord­ing to the coun­try of ori­gin.

Ah­mad Zahid said there are 749,266 In­done­sian na­tion­als cur­rently work­ing in Malaysia, fol­lowed by Nepal with 411,364 work­ers. Bangladesh ranked third with 237,991 work­ers, Myan­mar (140,259), In­dia (121,430) and oth­ers (194,374).

Ah­mad Zahid said levy charges are charged dif­fer­ently for em­ploy­ment of for­eign work­ers, based on the in­dus­try they are work­ing in.

“The first cat­e­gory con­sists of fac­tory, con­struc­tion and ser­vice sec­tor work­ers with a levy rate of RM1,850 each,” he said.

Work­ers in the sec­ond cat­e­gory, con­sist­ing of farm­ing and agri­cul­ture sec­tors, are charged a levy of RM640 each.

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