The Political Economy of Malaysia’s Migrant Worker Business

By Steven Sim

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Four companies. One job. Billions at stake.Presently, we have a substantial number of migrant workers in the country – 2.1 million registered ones and another two to three million unregistered ones. And an additional 1.5 million from Bangladesh are on the cards.How migrant workers contribute to the national economy is a matter definitely worth a thorough survey of its own. Here, I would like to discuss the lucrative business of importing foreign workers – what I call “the migrant worker...

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Steven Sim

is the MP for Bukit Mertajam and Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports.