Published: Wednesday October 24, 2012 MYT 7:55:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday October 24, 2012 MYT 8:59:03 PM
Indonesians make up nearly half of the 1.58 million legal foreign workers in the country
By YUEN MEIKENG
KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesians top the list of registered foreign workers in the country, making up 48.5% of the total 1.58 million employees.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said as of July 31, there were 1,581,264 legal foreign workers in Malaysia.
"This total represents foreign workers who are paid legally and were issued temporary work passes by the Immigration Department," he said in a written reply to Karpal Singh (DAP - Bukit Gelugor).
Indonesian workers made up the most of the foreign employees, with a total of 767,590 in Malaysia, followed by Nepal with 279,421 and Myanmar with 137,784 workers.
There are 134,148 Bangladeshi workers and 91,222 employees from India, according to Hishammuddin.