Rafidah applies more weight on government's 'flip-flop' position

22 Feb 2016 / 19:37 H.

PETALING JAYA: The government should explain its recent 'flip-flop' regarding their decision to freeze the intake of foreign workers into the country, said former Umno minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
She said the people do not need any more explanations except a very clear statement as to what is the policy now on the intake, the former International Trade and Industry Minister said, adding the government should not give opinions and explanations that are off tangent or contradict what it wants to do.
"I, like some many people, are confused and unable to understand what is really happening because decisions change in a short time" she said in a Facebook posting.
She also advised the government to properly communicate its policy measures and consult relevant stakeholders before making decisions to ensure public confidence is restored.
Rafidah was commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who announced that the government had decided to freeze the intake of foreign workers, while encouraging employers to hire locals.
Ahmad Zahid also said the government will review the two-tier levy programme for foreign workers.
He added that illegal workers currently in Malaysia would be detained and deported.
However, prior to this decision, the government had signed an MoU with Dhaka on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers into the country for the service, construction, farming, plantation and manufacturing sectors.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot was reported saying that the suspension does not affect the MoU between Malaysia and Bangladesh.


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