Ministry matters

The Home Office will discuss with new countries of origin the recruitment of security officers

Interior Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin

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PUTRAJAYA (24 May): The Ministry of Interior (KDN) will hold discussions with the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh on the proposal to recruit workers from these new source countries for the security sector.

Interior Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said a decision at the political level had been agreed to bring in foreign labor from other countries except Nepal.

“However, in order to bring in these workers, they will have to meet the (set) criteria, i.e. foreign workers must have work experience in the security sector in their own country,” he said. he told reporters after attending a Malaysian shipping conference. Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Hari Raya celebration here on Tuesday (May 24).

He said applications for foreign workers can be submitted after discussions on the issue are held, but their entry will depend on the decision of the source countries concerned.

Hamzah was previously quoted as saying that the government had considered the proposed recruitment of foreign workers into the security sector from new countries of origin to balance the shortage of Nepalese and local workers in this sector.

Meanwhile, MMEA Director General Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som said the agency made 63 arrests as part of Op Pagar Laut conducted from April 19 to May 17 against multiple maritime criminal offences, including illegal entry into the country, smuggling and controlled goods, and intrusions by foreign fishing vessels.

He said the total value of the items seized was around RM23 million.

Now in its seventh year, Op Pagar Laut is held annually in conjunction with the celebration of Aidilfitri as a special operation that focuses on combating cross-border criminal activity throughout the season. holidays.