Malaysia’s borders still closed to foreign workers, says govt

Malaysia has yet to open its borders to foreigners, including those employed there but are currently back in their home country, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said international borders there had been closed since the start of the movement control order.

“We still are not allowing foreigners to enter Malaysia unless there is Immigration Department approval.

“We have not received any proposal from Immigration to change the policy, ” he said on Wednesday (November 4).

He also pointed out that workers from Bangladesh, who are among the 23 countries with long-term pass holders, are barred from entering Malaysia.

Ismail’s statement was in response to a report that Bangladeshi workers who had returned home for the holidays were unable to come back to work in Malaysia because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the report, there are more than 25,000 such workers who have asked the Bangladeshi government for swift action so that they able to resume working there.

The report also quoted Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Momen assuring workers that they would discuss the matter with Malaysia.


Copyright: The Star/Asia News Network

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