Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Well There's A Surprise

About half a million undocumented migrant workers have now left Malaysia since the crackdown came into force at the beginning of the month. I posted most recently about this here. As day follows night, the business community is now complaining about the shortage of labour power. Construction companies, palm oil plantations, factories and restaurants - places where most Malaysians don't want to work - are already feeling the pinch. Even on the grounds of economic efficiency and labour market demand the summary policy seemed stupid. And that's not to talk about the broader principles of workers' rights. Stupid and shortsighted.


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