INTRODUCTION•During the British colonial period (early 19th century) - Malaysia was a net receiver of foreign nationals•From Indonesia, India and China - work in the plantations, mining, and construction sectors •Malaysia continued to receive a stream of foreign workers after been granting of independence from British in year 1957. •Most of them hail from Indonesia and the Philippines.
•Foreign workers have played a key role in Malaysia economy over the past two decades•The huge influxes - mainly led by the rapid expansion of the Malaysian economy under Tun Dr. Mahathir’s leadership•Predominantly from the neighbouring, Indonesia. •Since 2003, the range of source countries grew larger - Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Uzbekistan, etc.
person who employed in a country on a temporary basis to which the person is not a citizenForeign WorkersThose workers are including skill and unskilled, legal and illegal workers recruited by the company, recruitment agency or hired whilst they were job seeking in the country to supplement the workforce of the country for a limited term or to provide skills on a contractual basis that the country seeks
legal entry through legitimate foreign workers agencies registered under the Malaysian Immigration Departmentillegal way that is through non-registered agenciesentry of foreign workers in Malaysia is via two ways
•Only in the early 1980s when action was taken to effect a policy on immigrant workers •Government has made some attempts to prevent illegal immigration and to regulate labor inflows. •The first agreement; Medan Agreement was signed with Indonesia in 1984, only fully enforced in early 1990s
Statistics Number of Foreign Workers in Malaysia•Malaysia is the biggest net importer of labor in Asia