KUALA LUMPUR (July 29): The Ministry of Human Resources said today the Malaysian government had decided that only three industries will be allowed to employ foreign workers going forward, namely the construction, plantation and agriculture sectors, to cut the nation's reliance on foreign workers.

According to Deputy Human Resources Minister Awang Hashim in Parliament today, other sectors that currently use foreign workers will be required to employ locals instead.

"The government has previously announced its move to reduce our reliance on foreign workers. Currently, there are more than two million foreign workers registered with the Ministry of Human Resources .

"We have decided to only allow the three sectors to [continue to] employ foreign workers," Awang said.

Awang was responding to a question from Lubok Antu Member of Parliament (MP) Jugah Muyang, who queried about initiatives by the government to reduce the number of foreign workers in Malaysia.

Awang, however, did not specify a timeline for the implementation of the proposed policy to allow only the construction, plantation and agriculture sectors to continue to employ foreign workers.

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