The first batch of Indonesian workers have arrived

Some other 22,000 will be arriving in the country in due time


HUMAN Resource Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan (picture) updated that the first batch of Indonesian workers have entered Malaysia.

“The workers have already started coming in. The first batch is in and now another 22,000 are in the process,” he said in a press conference today.

Two weeks ago, Indonesia withdrew its moratorium of its workers from entering Malaysia and has agreed to honour to the recent memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries.

He also said earlier that the system will be operational in three more weeks under the supervision of the Malaysia-Indonesia Joint Working Group.

Responding to issue where a majority of Malaysians are not interested in working in dirty, demeaning and dangerous jobs but would be willing to work in these fields elsewhere like Singapore, Saravanan said he believed this issue not only applies to Malaysia but worldwide.

“We bring security guards from Nepal because the majority of Malaysians do not want to work for them. 

“However, when I go to Singapore, I see security guards from Malaysia working in the hotels. Maybe the offer there is better,” he explained.

This causes brain drain issues which need to be observed at a whole.

Saravanan stressed that we need to look in different aspects such as the minimum wage and the economic growth instead of just one angle.