Malaysia to study request to bring workers from Sri Lanka

main_ni_2207_p6_nurilyanna_1Malaysia will study Sime Darby Group Bhd’s request to bring in workers from Sri Lanka to work in the plantation sector, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said Malaysia would also look into a request by Sri Lanka to send more of its skilled and semi-skilled workers, the Bernama news agency reported.

“Sime Darby has asked for 5,000 workers from Sri Lanka to work in its plantations.

“Both countries will have to study the legal aspects of the request and if approved, the workers will have to undergo training to understand Malaysian socio-cultural, communication and legal matters before they start working,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said after meeting with the Minister of Foreign Employ­ment Thalatha Atukorale and the Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywar­dena.

Dr Ahmad Zahid is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka.

To a question, he said there were currently 6,500 Sri Lankan workers being employed in the manufacturing, services and maid sectors.

The meeting also discussed Sri Lanka’s request to allow its students to be issued with long-term student visas.

There are now 1,200 Sri Lankan students in Malaysian institutions.

“We have to study this as there are students from other countries studying in Malaysia and there is a need to look into the security and legal aspects,” he added.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Malaysian Government had extended an official invitation to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena to visit Malaysia in December. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. it is so sad to note that Srilanka is shamelessly hanging on to old slave trade without creating jobs in the country for people to keep families together. Our plantation sector has a severe shortage of labour, so why this senceless demeaning slave trade with third world countries.

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