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Foreign workers at a factory in Malaysia, in 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

Issue surrounding foreign workers’ freeze in three sectors to be discussed tomorrow — Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — The issue with regard to the freezing of foreign workers for three sectors, namely barber shops, textile outlets, and jewellery shops will be discussed tomorrow, said Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar.

The discussion will be held with Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.

“I have brought this matter to the attention of the two ministers and I have submitted a letter so that these three sectors are given consideration, because it does not involve a huge number, if we look at the number (of employees) it is no more than 15,000 people,” he said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2023 for the ministry at the committee level in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Meanwhile, Sivakumar said the ministry is preparing a policy framework or guideline for gig workers, which included matters of the group’s welfare and social security.

On the Housewives’ Social Security Scheme, he said as of Monday (March 20), approximately 174,930 housewives have been registered under the scheme, and the ministry aims to register up to 500,000 housewives by the end of this year.

The Dewan Rakyat then approved an allocation of RM845,163,900 for the ministry at the committee level through a majority vote.

The sitting continues tomorrow.

— Bernama

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