KLANG: Barbershops, goldsmiths and textile stores are now allowed to hire foreign workers.
This was announced by Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar at his ministry's event here.
"The matter was discussed at the Cabinet meeting today and a decision was made to reopen intake of foreign workers for the three sub-sectors.
"For a start, approval will be given for a quota of 7,500 workers," said Sivakumar on Friday (Sept 8).
He said efforts will be made to solve the problems faced by the sectors critically affected by the shortage of workers.
Businesses in these three sub-sectors have been badly affected and many had to close down due to shortage of manpower.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had announced a partial approval of applications to hire foreign workers for barbershops as well as for textile and jewellery stores on Monday.