Malaysia's Immigration Mess

A moratorium on foreign workers hasn't made anyone happy.

Help wanted.

Photographer: Mohd Rasfan/AFP

The pattern is a familiar one. In February, the Malaysian government proposed allowing 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers into the country to seek employment. A popular backlash ensued and the government quickly backtracked, imposing a moratorium on hiring foreign workers of all kinds, which still stands.

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