13 Mar '11, 8am

ASEAN ‘unlikely to discuss worker rights’: Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei - thr...

Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei - three ASEAN countries that receive large numbers of migrant workers from their neighbors - will likely remain reluctant to discuss migrant worker issues at ASEAN ministers’ meetings, a senior Indonesian government official says. However, the countries would not rule out discussing the issue altogether, especially at lower-levels, he said. “The senior officials’ meeting [on Tuesday] considered that the issues on the establishment of instruments for the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers needed to be discussed further on a technical level," Office of the Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare’s culture, tourism, youth affairs and sports coordinating deputy Sugihartatmo said here Wednesday on the final day of a three-day ASEAN senior officials’ meeting. “I think there’s still a chance...

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