Zahid Says 1.78M Foreign Workers in Malaysia

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Foreign workforce of 1.78 million from 13 countries as at Jun 30.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there are 1.78 million foreign workers in Malaysia, with the majority being Indonesians, Nepalis and Bangladeshis.

He said in a written reply to a question by DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who had asked for a breakdown of the number of foreign workers in the country.

The home ministry’s statistics revealed the breakdown of nationals from the following countries as of Jun 30:

  • Indonesia – 728,870
  • Nepal – 405,898
  • Bangladesh – 221,089
  • Myanmar – 127,705
  • India – 114,455
  • Pakistan – 59,281
  • Philippines – 56,153
  • Vietnam – 29,039
  • China – 15,399
  • Thailand – 12,603
  • Sri Lanka – 5,964
  • Cambodian – 5,103
  • Laos – 39