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Malaysia plans to reduce foreign labour by 10-20 %

May 16 2012

The number of foreign workers can be reduced by between 10 and 20 per cent in the near future, says International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

He said there are plans to substitute a substantial portion of foreign labour with local manpower through the introduction of minimum wages.

"Currently there are about 700,000 foreign workers in the manufacturing sector," he said at a media briefing after the launch of Malaysia's Productivity Corporation's (MPC) Productivity Report 2011/2012.

Mustapa said the reduction of foreign labour has to be done gradually so as not to have an undue impact on companies.

"We need to continue to import foreign labour but we need to also ensure we can substitute a portion of the foreign labour with local labour," he said.

The manufacturing sector, he said, needs to increase productivity and the challenge is the large number of foreign workers

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