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Govt seeks to legalise Myanmar workers in M'sia
Publication Date : 10-09-2013
The Myanmar government is seeking a longterm solution to the problem of Myanmar workers working illegally in Malaysia.
Myanmar’s labour minister is planning to visit Malaysia on September 9 to discuss possible legalisation process for undocumented Myanmar workers in Malaysia, according to the director general of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security.
“The minister and I, from the labour ministry, and the concerned officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as those from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will go [to Malaysia]. Our purpose is to discuss [with Malaysian authorities] about how we can legalise the undocumented Myanmar workers in Malaysia. We will discuss to reach an agreement,” said director general Myo Aung during a meeting on September 7.
“Our discussion will not be limited to topics like what kind of punishments will be given to the illegal workers and how those punishments can be reduced. This will focus on longterm solutions,” he said.
During the visit, the officials will also meet with Myanmar migrants who are working in Malaysia, he added.
Earlier on September 1, Malaysian authorities have launched a special operation to arrest illegal migrant workers and to send them back to their home countries. According to reports on September 4, a total of 550 Myanmar illegal workers have been seized.