Subject: M'sia May Take Workers From Timor-Leste

M'sia May Take Workers From Timor-Leste

PUTRAJAYA, May 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is prepared to consider an offer by Timor-Leste to supply workers, particularly for the construction and agriculture sectors, Home Affairs Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid said Monday.

He said the fact that the people of Timor-Leste could speak the Malay language would facilitate the move.

Nevertheless, the decision would be left to the Cabinet, he said at a joint press conference with Timor-Leste Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Dr Jose Ramos-Horta after their meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs here.

Ramos-Horta had made the offer of the workers at the meeting with Azmi, saying Timor-Leste could provide workers for the construction and agriculture sectors.

"We are more than ready to consider (supplying workers), looking at the possibility of the number of workers to be sent to Malaysia in the construction sector, semi-skilled, and in the agriculture sector, particularly in the oil palm sector," he said.

Ramos-Horta said the majority of the workers -- "I would say almost 100 per cent" -- who might come here speak Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia and they don't have problems learning other languages.

He said Timor-Leste workers were disciplined and hardworking and had never got involved in unhealthy activities while working abroad.


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