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Myanmar – Workers return to Malaysia

01 August 2013

Myanmar recruitment agencies have been given permission to begin sending employees to work in Malaysia, according to bnionline.net.  The process was halted following violence between gangs of Myanmar citizens in Kuala Lumpur in May 2013.

Min Hlaing, chairman of the Overseas Employment Agencies, Said: “Some 70 recruitment agencies have more than 3,000 workers on their books ready to send to Malaysia. It is good news that the authorities will allow Myanmar workers to work in Malaysia again. Otherwise, recruitment agencies will go out of business and workers will suffer.”

Myo Aung, director general of the Department of Labour, operating under the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Security advised that one of the main reasons for readmitting workers through recruitment agencies is that, otherwise, underground agencies will recruit workers from Myanmar illegally. Recruitment agencies have been urged to protect workers that they are sending to Malaysia and should only send workers to areas where their safety can be guaranteed.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Security has issued regulations to recruitment agencies to collect all available information on work sites where they intend to send workers.

In late May 2013, at least six Myanmar citizens died and 10 were injured in violent attacks in Malaysia. There are more than 400,000 Myanmar citizens in Malaysia, of while approximately 300,000 are legal workers, 40,000 are illegal workers, and about 90,000 are in various processes of refugee status.   

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