The Number Of Foreign Workers In Malaysia Is Greater Than The Population of These Nations

There are over 2,070,000 million foreign workers employed legally in Malaysia. Let us put that into perspective for you.

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Yesterday in the Dewan Rakyat, we found out that Malaysia has a whopping 2.07 million legal foreign workers in the country

The country recorded 2.07 million workers holding temporary employment visit pass as at December 31 last year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Ismail was replying to a question by Dr Che Rosli Che Mat (PAS-Hulu Langat) on the statistics of foreign workers as well as efforts taken by the government to reduce the number of foreign workers with locals in stages.

Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib said the entry of foreign workers was driven by the country's dependence on foreign workers in critical sectors. "The lack of interest and high turnover of local workers in sectors which do not have good prospects for them has forced employers in the country to depend on foreign workers," he said.

To put how many 2,070,00 people is into perspective, we've prepared this infographic comparing the number of foreign workers in Malaysia to the population size of countries around the world:

The amount of legal foreign workers in Malaysia compared to population sizes around the world.

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This amount of foreign workers also outnumbers the 1.98 million ethnic Indians in Malaysia

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In contrast, Department of Statistics’ latest published figures on population shows ethnic Indian population as at end of Sep 30, 2014 is 1.98 million.

Given the average quarterly growth for the Indian population the population is estimated to be just under two million by the end of 2014.

The average quarterly growth of the Indian population from quarter three 2013 to quarter three 2014 is 4,000 people.

Minister Wee Ka Kiong raises an alarm if the number foreign workers are not controlled, they could also overtake the ethnic Chinese population

Last month, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Wee Ka Siong reportedly admitted that the number of foreign workers in Malaysia exceed the ethnic Indian population.

He also raised alarm that it could also overtake the ethnic Chinese population if not controlled, China Press reported.

This figure does not take into account of the estimated 2.2 million illegal and undocumented foreign workers

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