Foreign labourers in Malaysia (Source: says.com)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia’s Cabinet Committee Meeting on Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigrants (JKKPA-PATI) has agreed on compulsory regular health screenings for foreign labourers during their employment in the country.

The move aims to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious and non-infectious diseases or drug abuse to Malaysians.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the programme will be carried out upon consultation with employers.

Employers will also be required to provide appropriate accommodation for foreign workers.

The country’s Government plans to lift a ban on the hiring of foreign workers in manufacturing, construction, plantation and the furniture-making industry.

Because of the ban, issued in February, about 84 percent of the country’s manufacturers were facing labour shortages, according to a survey.-VNA