Covid-19: Special Task Force Set Up to Help Foreign Workers

KUALA LUMPUR: A special task force has been set up to help foreign workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Edmund R. Santhara Kumar said the task force would focus in helping foreign workers who were left jobless after their employers closed down their businesses.

“We are looking into how we can place them in other sectors aside from the one they initially started in, which includes construction, manufacturing and commerce.

He said the foreign workers would also include UNHCR card holders, adding that helping them would reduce the intake of new foreign workers.

He said this during a press held at a restaurant after a face mask and sanitiser giveaway programme to Masjid India business operators on Saturday (June 13).

The issue of illegal traders is one of the matters raised by stakeholders during the programme.

The stakeholders also want the government to make the iconic tourism site into an Islamic hub.

“Masjid India is a city icon to both locals and tourists alike.

“There is a Little India in Brickfields and Klang, so why can’t we have a Islamic hub in Kuala Lumpur.

“It would reflect the role and commitment of Indian Muslim businessmen, ” said Malaysia Indian Muslim congress (Kimma) president Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Kader.

Also present were Masjid India Business Association president Datuk Wira Dr Ameer Ali Mydin.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2020/06/13/covid-19-special-task-force-set-up-to-help-foreign-workers

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