KUALAL LUMPUR (Dec 10): The prompt action to bring 373,459 foreign workers into the country via visa by reference based on employers’ applications from January to Dec 4, 2022 has eased the bottlenecks faced by businesses in their daily operations, and assist them to meet their business requirements.
The said figures are part of the overall 403,869 applications received by the Immigration Department.
Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman said the assurance given by Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail — that the remaining 30,410 employers’ applications for foreign workers will be processed and be considered for approval within seven working days — is indeed very assuring.
“It shows Saifuddin’s seriousness in addressing the issues faced by employers due to shortages of foreign labour.”
The MEF appreciates the readiness of the minister to share relevant details of data on the current number of foreign workers in the country, as the data would assist stakeholders to make proper assessments of the additional number of foreign workers required by their respective industries, he said.
Up to November 2022, there were 1,391,624 foreign workers with Pas Lawatan Kerja Sementara (visitor's passes for temporary employment).
The distribution based on sectors, among others, are manufacturing (510,507), construction (308,886), plantation (160,728), services (208,425), agriculture (110,598), foreign domestic employees (92,338), and mining/quarrying (142).