2.4 million foreign workers in the country

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004

THERE are some 2.4 million foreign workers in the country – both legal and illegal. This is about 10% of the country's population, reported Nanyang Siang Pau. 

Home Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid told the daily that the ministry's statistics showed that for every legal foreign worker there was an illegal one. 

He agreed that it was a serious situation and that the actual number of illegal workers could be higher. 

He said the country's human resources were not sufficient to meet the market demand. 

In addition, illegal foreign workers were much sought after as they were much cheaper to hire. 

The submission of a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi regarding Chinese education has been delayed as the Chinese education group, Dong Jiao Zhong, has yet to reach a consensus with other Chinese associations on certain issues, reported Sin Chew Daily

It quoted Dong Zhong chairman Quek Suan Hiang as saying that associations such as Hua Zhong, the Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia and Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia disagreed with some points drafted by Dong Jiao Zhong. 


However, Quek did not mention the points of disagreement. 

“Although it is not easy to get agreement from all Chinese associations, we would try to reach a consensus,” he said. 

Dong Jiao Zhong said it would submit the memorandum under its own name if it could not reach a consensus with the other Chinese associations. 


The Egyptian publisher of the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Encyclopedia has equated the former prime minister with the great 14th century Arab historian and philosopher Ibn Khaldun, according to Utusan Malaysia

Dr Hassan El-Zein told the newspaper that Dr Mahathir was the Ibn Khaldun of the 21st century because of his contributions towards global development. 

He said that there had not been any world leader who came anywhere near to Ibn Khaldun's thinking.  

It was due to this, said Dr Hassan, that he had taken the initiative to publish the encyclopaedia for the world to have access to, and eventually benefit from, Dr Mahathir's thoughts.  

The paper also reported that the Government would establish a public transportation corporation to overcome traffic congestion in the country, particularly in the Federal Territory. 

It quoted Federal Territory minister Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad as saying that the corporation would manage the public transportation system to ensure that it functioned in a more orderly and systematic fashion.  

Berita Harian also reported that about 20% of the country's population, especially women, did not sleep soundly at night and woke up at least 15 to 30 times. 

It quoted Universiti Sarawak Malaysia Medical and Health Sciences Faculty dean Prof Dr Syed Hassan Syed Ahmad al-Mashoor as saying that those affected were susceptible to insomnia. 

Twelve organisations have collectively urged the Government to find a permanent solution to the perennial issue of university intake of Indian students, reported Malaysia Nanban. 

The daily reported that the organisations, which met in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, also expressed dissatisfaction over the allocation of medical seats for the community. 

The organisations included the Dravidian Association of Malaysia, Malaysian Association for Crime Prevention and the Malaysian Indian Youth Association. 

The daily quoted M.G. Segar, the spokesman for the group, as saying that a memorandum would be submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resolve the matter.  

A copy would also be sent to Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.  

The group urged the Government to abolish the matriculation system and to introduce a system that would provide equal opportunities for all communities. 

On another matter, the daily quoted MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam as saying that Tamil writers in the country should read more translated literature to produce quality works in Tamil.  

He said that the works in other languages would help the writers to enhance their general knowledge and creativity.  

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