PM: Inflow of workers must fulfil needs


  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Feb 2016

SAN FRANCISCO: The Prime Minister will discuss with his deputy, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, on Malaysia’s recruiting of the 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers that has raised concerns in recent days.

“Let me discuss with him (Dr Ahmad Zahid) when I get back,” Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

“We need to make sure that whatever move we make will fulfil the needs of the economy,” he said.

“Some sectors need workers, like the plantation industry,” he added.

Asked on the backlash from many quarters over the decision, Najib said the Government would need to assuage concerns of any social fallout created by a large inflow of workers.

On the new Bank Negara governor, Najib said the Government would decide soon.

“The position is up to the Government to decide,” he told the Malaysian media at the end of his one-week working trip to California, USA.

Najib was asked to comment on the central bank’s succession plan and governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz’s statement that a politician should not take over her position.

Dr Zeti’s term ends in April.

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