16 Jun '17, 11pm

Malaysia says unaware of Myanmar's plans to lift worker ban

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government says it is unaware of Myanmar's plans to lift a ban imposed in December on workers coming to Malaysia. The Myanmar government had told Channel NewsAsia it could lift the freeze as soon as this month. The Labour, Immigration and Population Minister says it is waiting for a final confirmation that it will be safe for Myanmar workers to return. The ban was issued in the wake of Malaysia's vocal criticism of Myanmar's alleged mistreatment of its ethnic minority, the Rohingya, "The world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place," Prime Minister Najib Razak had said at a pro-Rohingya rally in Kuala Lumpur in December, slamming Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as well. When approached by Channel NewsAsia, neither Malaysia's Human Resources Minister Richard Riot nor Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican was aware of any liftin...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-...

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