Arrest in Malaysia on the rise, plus job opportunity shortage

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Some Myanmar workers were sent officially to Malaysia last year.

Arrests of undocumented migrant workers have been on the rise, plus job opportunity has been shortage in Malaysia, because of it, a Myanmar national who works on Myanmar worker affairs in Malaysia told the Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM) that he wants to advise Myanmar people not to come illegally.

Malaysian government has suspended the approvals of the Human Resources Ministry (KSM Approval) as of March 2023 and currently, arrests of undocumented migrant workers have been on the rise. “Arrests have been on the increase at present, that is why I want Myanmar people not to come illegally. Currently, official channel has been blocked so I want our people to come when it reopens. Jobs have been rare here. Even some undocumented workers have worked in illegal workplaces because of job shortage. This is also at risk,” he said.

Those, who came to Malaysia from Myanmar through illegal channels, seek job only after they arrived in Malaysia without having connection with employers, so it is not worthy of sacrifices they made. They are getting troubles here, he said.

“They illegally enter Malaysia by taking risks and for it, they have to pay some millions of kyat to brokers despite no guarantee for job. So they can’t help sticking here and work anything they can seek,” he said,

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