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Nepal asks Malaysia to protect jobs of Nepalese workers

Nepal has kicked off consultations with Kuala Lumpur through various channels to ensure that its citizens working in the Southeast Asian country do not suffer because of the move.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2009 04:08 IST

With Malaysia announcing massive jobs cut for foreign employees, Nepal has kicked off consultations with Kuala Lumpur through various channels to ensure that its citizens working in the Southeast Asian country do not suffer because of the move.

"The government has started consultations with the Malaysian government through different channels so that the Nepali people working there would not fall prey to the drive to sack employees," Minister for Labour and Transport Management Lekh Raj Bhatta said.

In wake of the global recession that forced to cut millions of jobs worldwide, Nepalese workers in Malaysia are facing similar threats as the government there recently announced massive job cuts to foreign employees.

"The government would take all initiatives to protect the jobs of Nepalese people working in Malaysia," Bhatta said yesterday adding the government has taken various measures to stop the global economic meltdown from affecting Nepal.

The government is also planning to send Nepalese workers in other countries including Japan where the remittance rate is high, he said.

Director General of Labour Department Mohan Krishna Shrestha, however, said that the Nepal would urge the Malaysian government to manage such a situation as to ensure Nepali workers would not return.

The government is serious in the aftermath of the Malaysian government's ban on foreign labourers citing economic downturn, he said.