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Indonesia to Temporarily Halt Sending More Workers to Malaysia

Malaysia continues to struggle with worker shortages in key sectors including palm oil.

Malaysia continues to struggle with worker shortages in key sectors including palm oil.

Photographer: Samsul Said/Bloomberg

Indonesia will temporarily stop sending more workers to Malaysia, demanding that its neighbor commit to agreements between the two nations to resolve labor issues.

“We have agreed to use the One Channel System for placement of Indonesian workers, but Malaysia still has multiple hiring channels,” Rendra Setiawan, director for the placement and protection of Indonesian migrant workers, said by phone on Wednesday. That makes it hard for the government to monitor and protect migrant workers, he said.