Myanmar suspends sending workers to Malaysia

Yangon (Eleven Media/ANN) - Myanmar has suspended sending its workers to Malaysia starting from June 13, according to the Ministry of Labour of Myanmar.

A series of attacks targeting Myanmar citizens began on May 30, leaving five dead and more than ten injured. Most of the incidents have occurred in Selayang where many immigrants reside, according to The Daily Eleven's senior reporter in Malaysia.

Local overseas employment companies have been given an instruction not to send any more workers to the country by the Federation of Overseas Employment Agencies (Myanmar), due to the violence against Myanmar workers there.

"The current violence there has forced us to do so. We got reports that the situation there has calmed down now. The move would be momentary. But we can't say when it will restart yet. We will also have to discuss with the government delegation arrived back from there," said Ei Mon Soe, a director from the ministry.

She also added that those who are in the final process of going to Malaysia to work were urged to postpone it.

Currently there are more than 500 overseas-workers-to-be who have applied for official smart cards at the ministry to work in Malaysia, the ministry said.

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