PETALING JAYA: Illegal migrant workers who left the country during the amnesty period would be brought back into Malaysia legally soon to prevent shortage of labour.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said their departure would adversely affect the small and medium scale industries (SMI), coffee shops and other business outlets.
It (the amnesty) could cause a lot of impact, especially on the SMI, and we do not want the shortage of workers to affect it, he said, adding that the issue was also discussed in the Cabinet.
Dr Fong was speaking to reporters after launching the Engineering Inventions N Innovations Challenges at Universiti Malaya (UM) here yesterday.
Organised by UM Engineering Association, 32 institutions of higher learning took part in the competition.
Elaborating on the proposal, Dr Fong said Malaysia had proposed that those sent back be placed in a nearby Indonesian island where they could process their applications to enter legally.
This will cut down bureaucracy and the workers can be back in a much shorter time.
Dr Fong said venture capitalists should visit local universities to look at students research thesis and help them commercialise their products.
We need a more vibrant venture capitalist system, like in the United States.
If the venture capitalists visited colleges and universities, it would definitely be a big boost to the students, he said.
UM head of biomedical engineering department Prof Datuk Dr Goh Sing Yau said venture capitalists should approach universities rather than wait for competitions on inventions to look at students work.
This is because there are many competitions which venture capitalists are not aware of, he said.