29 March 2012
| last updated at 05:10PM
PM: Malaysia may consider hiring maids from Myanmar
NAYPYITAW (Myanmar): Malaysia may consider bringing in workers, including maids from Myanmar, to overcome a shortage of foreign maids following a two-year freeze on maids by the Indonesian government.
Malaysia has agreed to consider the request by Myanmar during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's two-day official visit to the country which ended today.
Najib told Malaysian reporters at the end of his visit today that there was a possibility that Myanmar nationals be employed as house maids but added that further discussions would be needed.
"We need further discussions about the proposal, we do not know the terms and conditions. But if the terms are acceptable, we certainly can consider that," he said.
Najib said Malaysia was receptive of the proposal to employ maids from Myanmar.
Describing the Myanmar people as "polite people", Najib said it would not be that difficult to pursue the proposal if they were able to fit in culturally with Malaysia's way of life.
Najib said he had informed Myanmar that about 250,000 Myanmar nationals had registered under the 6P Programme. -- BERNAMA
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak being welcomed by Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Chairman, Win Aung at the meeting of minds with selected Myanmar business leaders in conjunction with his two-day visit to Myanmar today. -- BERNAMA photo