Illegal migrant workers are arrested at a construction site in Port Dickson of Malaysia on July 11, 2017 (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) - Foreign workers holding the Visit Pass – Temporary Employment (PLKS) for the past 10 years will be given a reprieve to continue working in Malaysia for a maximum three years.

The Star quoted Malaysian Minister of Human Resources M. Kulasegaran as saying that the passes have to be renewed every year.

These foreign workers are not allowed to apply for entry permits, permanent resident status or Malaysian citizenship, he said.

Malaysia receives a large number of legal foreign workers, at over 1.8 million. The workers come from different countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Many of them have been living and working here for over 10 years, even 20 years.

At present, Malaysia’s competent agencies are drafting a policy relating to management of foreign labour recruitment, featuring efforts to seek mechanisms to simplify labour recruitment, including eliminating the role of third parties.-VNA