PUTRAJAYA, Feb 23 (Bernama) -- The government is committed to implementing various efforts to reduce the dependence of foreign labour to achieve the target of limiting the employment of foreign workers at 15 per cent for the country´s total employment rate by 2020 as outlined in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Richard Riot in a statement today said currently, the percentage of foreign workers stood at 11.7 per cent.
However, he said that by 2020, the country's employment rate was projected to increase by 15.3 million from 14.58 million last year (2017) with an average growth rate of 2.1 per cent per annum from 2016 to 2020.
"With the expected total workforce of 15.3 million people by 2020, the policy to limit the employment of foreign workers at 15 per cent will make the total dependence on foreign workers not exceeding 2.3 million people by 2020," he said.
Riot said the government was working towards reducing the dependence on foreign manpower including by encouraging labour-intensive sectors to utilising modern technology.....