Malaysia recognises foreign workers' contribution to country's development

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia as a country that is strategically located in Southeast Asian region is aware of the role that migration can play in the development process and the difficulties it poses.

Malaysia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York, Datuk Hussein Haniff said the key challenge for the country was to balance the need to maximise the economic benefits derived from migration and the desire to protect the interests of all concerned.
 
"We believe that key to achieve this is to ensure the orderly management of migrant flows.
 
"In this regard, Malaysia's foreign workers policy is premised on the need to manage migration, in cooperation with source countries with the view to bringing mutual benefits to all parties," he said during the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development at the United Nations in New York on Thursday.
 
His speech text was made available to Bernama here today. 
 
The envoy said Malaysia's foreign worker policy was premised on the need to ensure it brought mutual benefits to all parties involved, in particular, the source and receiving countries, employers, document migrant workes and civil society.
 
Hussein said Malaysia recognised the significant contribution of migrant labour with regard to physical productivity and economics development of the country. 
 
"Malaysia believes the benefits of the globalisation process should be equally shared between migrant sending and receiving countries, he added.
 
Hussein said the issue of remittances was a crucial one for migrants and correlated with global development. As such, Malaysia imposes no restriction on workers remitting money back home.
 
On figures released by World Bank 2011, Malaysia is the top 20 immigrant country with a total of 2.4 million migrants, and those migrants remitted approximately US$6.8 billion in 2009, which had indeed, indirectly contributed to the development of other developing nations. 
 
The envoy winded up his speech by saying: "Foreign workers in Malaysia enjoy the full protection of their human rights, in accordance to Malaysian laws". -- BERNAMA

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