In his speech during the National Labour Day Celebration, Prime Minister Tun
“It is a low salary but if they don’t work, there’s no salary at all. They have to choose. If they work, the will still get a salary,” said Dr Mahathir.
“If they don’t work, other people (foreign workers) will work. Our many flows out of the country. We become poor and the unemployed have
“We can’t compel (employers to pay more) but we have to remember, we work for the nation, to develop our country. If we don’t work, someone else will get our money and we will be at a loss,” he said.
At the same event, the prime minister also expressed concerns regarding the influx of foreign workers into the country. He sought to assuage such concern by saying that the government has taken action to restrict foreign workers to only sectors unappealing to local workers, which are mainly the 3D jobs, Malay Mail reports.
However, he also pointed out the reason so many foreign workers were in Malaysia was this same rejection of 3D work.
“But I must state that the presence of foreign workers in Malaysia is due to our own attitude ― refusing certain jobs even though we are capable of doing it.
“The opportunity is then grabbed by foreign workers. In the end, they become rich and we remain the same or become poor,” said Dr Mahathir.
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