Malaysia is the largest importer of labour in Asia1. Migrant workers (otherwise known as migrant or foreign workers) in Malaysia, implies a foreigner doing low-skilled work2. They make up roughly 20% of the country’s workforce. Foreign labour helps to fuel economic growth by filling in gaps in the labour market2. Migrant workers concentrate on low-skilled employment, while allowing more Malaysian citizens to focus on higher-skilled jobs.
In September 2019, the Immigration Department, Ministry of Home Affairs stated that there were 1.98 million regular migrant workers employed in Malaysia3. The World Bank, however, estimated a total of 2.96 to 3.26 million migrant workers in 2017, with the vast majority involved in irregular employment or undocumented work. Their demographic includes Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Philippines2.Migrant workers in Malaysia have limited opportunity to move up the career ranks. Additionally, many of them have other employment issues to worry about. Media and NGOs have reported serious labour rights abuses against migrant workers, including exploitation, abuse, and the lack of accountability of employers3. At the end of the day, migrant workers are not protected under labour law. Penang is a major production centre in the global electronics industry, and hub for manufacturing and construction, a popular employment sector for migrant workers2.
Get educated on issues affecting Sabah today
As cities develop and job opportunities increase, more and more people are enticed to set up home in cities in hopes for a brighter future. The problem is that not many people can actually...
Visually designed data for you to share, be informed and start conversations with your friends.
Caring For Penang Ageing’s Population
Affordable Housing For Penangnites (coming soon)
Greater Inclusivity For The Migrant Population (coming soon)
BURSA TOP 20: Who’s The most charitable?