2m legal foreign workers in Malaysia
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.