Is Ahmad Zahid Hamidi suffering from amnesia that he forgot what he said 10 days ago that the increase in the foreign worker’s levy is a positive move to reduce dependence on foreign workers?

Is Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi suffering from serious amnesia that he forgot what he said 10 days ago? On 3 Feb, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi defended the move to increase foreign worker’s levy as a positive move to reduce dependence on foreign workers.
He was quoted saying the following,
“We must be aware that we cannot be depending on foreign workers forever. We have to give opportunities to locals even though the work involved the 3D aspects(difficult, dirty and dangerous).”
However in just 10 days, Ahmad Zahid has now taken a totally different position on foreign workers. Yesterday, in defending the move to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers, he stressed that it wasn’t the government’s fault but the government merely wanted to fulfill the wishes of the employers.
How does Ahmad Zahid expect Malaysians to take up the 3D(difficult, dirty and dangerous) jobs when the government has already made up their mind to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers into Malaysia?
Why did Ahmad Zahid took two different positions is just a span of 10 days? What is the policy and position of Putrajaya on foreign workers? It is obvious that Putrajaya is clueless on the policy of foreign workers. Putrajaya on one hand wanted to increase the levy on foreign workers to collect more money; and on the other hand also want to bring in more foreign workers to collect even more levy and taxes. Unfortunately the argument for both these policies contradicted each other and could not be reconciled.
If Putrajaya is sincere and committed to reduce the dependence on foreign workers, new regulations and policies needs to be formulated. Putrajaya should make it mandatory for companies to advertise all job vacancies for a minimum period of time before opening the position to foreign workers. Priority for employment has to be given to the locals and not foreign workers.
I urge Putrajaya to immediately put on hold the plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers. Putrajaya must consider all alternative options and plans before taking such a move that will drastically change our country’s population and social structure.
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Publicity Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 14 February 2016

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