KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — The government should consider lifting the freeze on hiring foreign workers in the services and other related business sectors now that it has removed it for four other sectors.
In lauding the government’s recent move, the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) President Tan Sri K. Kenneth Eswaran said many members were adversely affected by the freeze with some already having closed down their business.
The government just lifted the freeze on hiring foreign workers in the manufacturing, construction, plantation and furniture-making sectors.
“This is a positive move by the government which will provide a big relief for targeted businesses,” said Kenneth.
However, he hoped the government would also take into consideration the plight of chamber members, many of whom were involved in the restaurant, barbershop, scrap metal and other Indian traditional service-oriented businesses.
The MAICCI represented 14 state chambers and 13 trade associations as affiliates with more than 30,000 Indian businesses.