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Myanmar lifts suspension on workers going to Malaysia

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Myanmar has begun sending workers to Malaysia after a six-month suspension following tensions between the two countries over conflict in Rakhine state, officials said Thursday.

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The head of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) told Anadolu Agency the government informed his group of the lift Tuesday.

“Some agencies have already started sending Myanmar workers to Malaysia,” Win Tun said via telephone, adding that nearly 10,000 workers received appointment letters from Malaysian companies during the suspension period.

Myanmar had been sending about 4,000 workers to Malaysia each month until December when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in western Rakhine state “genocide” or “ethnic cleansing".

According to Myanmar’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur, there are more than 400,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia, 100,000 of whom are illegal workers.


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