Malaysian Government’s plan to allow some 300 Rohingya refugees to work in the country has won praise from Malaysian Medical Relief Society as a positive first step towards opening wider opportunities and recognition for the stateless people, New Straits Times Online reported on Thursday.
MMRS president Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus said by allowing the Rohingyas access to lawful employment, it would help fill the gaps in Malaysia’s labor market, especially in the jobs categorized as dangerous, dirty and difficult.
He said although the refugees are willing to work and employers are willing to hire them, they have had to work illegally as they are currently not allowed to work by the government.
On Wednesday, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the government is in the process of implementing a pioneer project to allow 300 Rohingya refugees hold the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees card to work in the country.
He said they would be allowed to work in plantation and manufacturing sectors.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)