Hamzah: No plans to take in more foreign workers

Foreign workers in Malaysia. - FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

IPOH: There are currently no plans to take in more foreign workers to work in the plantation sector, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

The Home Minister said the ministry has received a lot of requests from industry players, but the government has yet to set any policy on the matter.

“We will need to look into scientific data provided by the Health Ministry and the need to adhere to the standard operating procedure, ” he said after a Malaysia Prihatin programme roadshow in Tambun here yesterday.

“If we are to allow them to be hired, we will need to see who will pay for the Covid-19 test, vaccination and their 14-day quarantine accommodation.

“And when their quarantine period ends, will the employers prepare adequate accommodation for them?

“If all the SOPs are adhered to, then it would be fine, but currently, there are no policies to allow it.”

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