Malaysia Will Allow Entry of Migrant Workers

Malaysia Will Allow Entry of Migrant Workers

Malaysia will allow migrant workers to re-enter the country after 16 months of shutting its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tourists will be allowed to picnic on Langkawi Island

Ummatimes -
The relaxation of the rules regarding the entry permit for migrant workers was given after an agreement was reached with the Covid-19 task force. The oil palm plantation sector and the rubber glove manufacturing sector are highly dependent on migrant workers.

"The special committee for handling the Covid-19 pandemic today approved the SOP proposal for the entry of migrant workers to Malaysia, especially to meet the needs in the plantation sector," said Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The entry quota for migrant workers and the date they can enter Malaysia are still being worked out, which is likely to be limited. Malaysia relies on about 2 million non-procedural migrant workers to help manufacture everything from gloves to iPhone components.

Last month, the Malaysian government said it would prioritize the return of 32,000 migrant workers to work in the plantation sector to ease the labor crisis, which has dealt a blow to the palm oil sector. Oil palm plantations in Malaysia are the second largest in the world.

The rubber glove manufacturing industry in Malaysia has also submitted an application to the Government to allow migrant workers to enter and work so that it can meet the demand for goods this year and next year.

Starting from mid-November 2021, Malaysia will also allow travelers from abroad to travel to Langkawi Island. Malaysia has reopened its borders to foreign tourists for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.