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'Malaysia-BD MoU not affected by decision to halt foreign workers' recruitment'

Update : 20 Feb 2016, 01:02 PM

Malaysia government's decision to suspend recruitment of foreign workers from all countries will not affect the validity of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Malaysia and Bangladesh, Malaysian Human Resource Minister Richard Riot has said.

The Malaysian minister made the statement on Saturday, reports the country's national news agency Bernama.

Malaysia on Friday decided to suspend recruitment of all foreign workers, including those from Bangladesh, just a day after signing an MoU with Dhaka on allowing 1.5 million Bangladeshis to find work in the country.

Also Read: Malaysia shuts its doors to foreign workers

The Southeast Asian country’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced the suspension of recruiting foreign workers and called on employers to recruit locals instead.

"It clearly reflects the government's priority in providing employment opportunities for local workers.

Read More: Deal signed to send 1.5 million workers to Malaysia

Terming the Malaysian government's decision to freeze on foreign workers' intake a positive move, Richard Riot said: "Further details on the decision to freeze foreign workers recruitment will be announced by the government."

However, Bangladeshi authorities are yet to receive any official statement from Malaysia in this regard.

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