‘Miss­ing’ for­eign work­ers poser

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

PLAN­TA­TION In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot will visit Bangladesh this week to find out why 8,000 Bangladesh work­ers who have been given Malaysian work per­mits have yet to come to Malaysia.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Sin Chew Daily yes­ter­day, he said the gov­ern­ment granted ap­provals four to five months ago for fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ers to bring in the work­ers.

But af­ter hav­ing paid the nec­es­sary levies, the work­ers have been post­pon­ing their trip here, he said, adding that many in the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try have been forced to stop op­er­a­tions and turn down new or­ders.

“The Cab­i­net had di­rected the Hu­man Re­sources min­is­ter to visit Bangladesh to find out the sit­u­a­tion there. I be­lieve it is due to some tech­ni­cal is­sues,” Mah said when he of­fi­ci­ated at the open­ing of the United Malaysian Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion new build­ing in Kuala Lumpur on Satur­day.

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