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Myanmar’s ban on workers to Malaysia still on

Myanmar government still assessing political situation in Malaysia after relationships soured between both countries last year over the Rohingya issue.


PETALING JAYA: The Myanmar government will not be sending its citizens to work in Malaysia yet as it is still assessing the political situation in Malaysia, Eleven News reported yesterday.

The permanent secretary of Myanmar’s ministry of labour, immigration and population, U Myo Aung said this in the wake of the continued freeze on its citizens going to Malaysia to work.

“We cannot confirm when we will allow Myanmar workers to go to Malaysia. If the situation is stable, we will allow them to work.

“We asked the Myanmar embassy to give their opinion. Labour attachés from the Myanmar embassy are analysing the situation in Malaysia,” U Myo Aung was quoted as saying by the Myanmar-based news portal.

On Dec 6 last year, it was reported that Myanmar had banned its workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations soured between the Southeast Asian neighbours over the bloody military crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.

The move came after Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing “genocide” on her watch. He said this at a rally held on Dec 4 in Kuala Lumpur that drew thousands of people, mostly Malay Muslims from the ruling party, Umno.

Meanwhile, Myanmar had since repatriated its workers from Malaysia, with 12 batches of workers having been repatriated so far, Eleven News reported.

“We brought back workers who wish to return and workers who were in detention camps. The embassy in Kuala Lumpur issued certificates of identity (CI) to them if they wished to return home.

“They will have CIs if they are proven to be Myanmar citizens,” the permanent secretary was quoted as saying.

The Eleven News report said that migrant workers from Myanmar are mainly found in Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and Singapore.

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