Kuala Lumpur: In a bid to overcome shortfall of employees in various businesses, the Malaysian government has decided to recruit 45,000 Indian workers, Human Resources Minister S Subramanian said on Thursday.

Several industrial sectors were facing shortage of manpower and might have to cease operation if the scenario continued, said Subramanian.

Problems faced by 52 sectors were brought to the government's attention and manpower shortage was often discussed in the Cabinet meetings.

He said the process of approval for recruitment of foreign workers would take into account the critical sectors.
"Implementation of this decision (of Cabinet last week to allow 45,000 Indian workers) will be made via a process determined by the Human Resources Ministry and Home Ministry," he said.

He added, the decision would help overcome shortfall in 13 types of businesses conducted by the Malaysian-Indian Traders' Association.

Subramaniam said that he had discussed the matter with Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Hishammuddin said his ministry wanted more input on issues like the actual number of foreign workers needed and the sectors involved.

Malaysia heavily relies on foreign labour to help out in various sectors, including construction, plantation and restaurants etc.

The Indian High Commission, however, has continuously been warning potential job seekers from India to verify the credentials of Malaysian employers as well as the reputation of the recruitment agents, as hundreds of Indians find themselves without food or salary after being duped by agents.