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Pakistan – Worker numbers to rise in Malaysia

16 July 2013

The Pakistan High Commission in Malaysia is working with the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources to ensure more employment opportunities for workers in the latter country.

Dato’ Seri Zainal Rahim Bin Seman, Secretary General of the Ministry of Human Resources, said that Malaysian companies valued the skills and expertise of the Pakistani workforce and already several Pakistanis were employed in various sectors and development projects.  

The unemployment rate in Malaysia is 3.1% and it is considered one of the fastest growing emerging economies in Southeast Asia. During the last decade, the economy experienced growth at an annual rate of +4.7%.   

There are estimated to be 60,000 Pakistanis currently working across various sectors in Malaysia. Over 3,000 are understood to be employed in high-end professions in key positions. Employment in Pakistan is primarily done through newspaper advertising. The government provides a list of employment agencies; however these are aimed at finding employment overseas and the list is only available online intermittently.    

Alternative employment strategies may be being sought in response to attacks in Malaysia against foreign workers. In recent months, some foreign workers from Myanmar have been victims of violent attacks, with more than six people killed. The Myanmar government has asked employment agencies to stop sending employees to Malaysia until the situation calms down. 

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