HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Malaysia has opened its doors to migrant workers from today following the seven-month long ban on new job permits. Malaysia started the migrant worker legalisation and amnesty programme between September 1, 2011 to April 10, 2012.
According to Malaysian news agency Bermana, the country has opened job market with the end of 6P or Illegal Immigrant Comprehensive Settlement Programme. “From today, new workers will be permitted to work in Malaysia,” the agency reported quoting Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Mahmood Adam.
However, 6P programme will continue for those who have applied for legalisation before April 10. “All further applications for legalisation, change of employer’s details, ID applications and other related applications will not be entertained, with the exception of those who have made appointments to sort matters out prior to April 10,” said Adam.
New demands from Malaysia will increase the outflow of Nepali migrant workers and ensure 10,000 jobs in the security sector.
A job in the security sector in Malaysia is a high income job where a hired gunman earns around Malaysian Ringgit (MR) 1,900 while construction and manufacturing sector workers earn around MR 600. About 300,000 Nepalis are believed to be working in Malaysia and around 58,165 Nepalis joined jobs in Malaysia in the last eight months.