PETALING JAYA: The government plans to stop foreigners from working in jobs with salaries below RM10,000.

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said Putrajaya was considering the abolition of the Category II and Category III employment passes given to expatriate workers.

There are three categories of employment passes. Category I refers to jobs paying RM10,000 and above, Category II is for salaries between RM5,000 and RM10,000, and Category III is for jobs below RM5,000.

Kulasegaran said Putrajaya was planning to only keep Category I, with the first and second categories to be phased out.

“We hope this can be done as soon as possible,” he told reporters after officiating the new Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre (MYXpats Centre) today.

He also said the plan would be first discussed with stakeholders.

He said the government wanted to ensure more Malaysians could fill up jobs under the second and third category.

Last year, there were a total 117,000 expatriates working under several sectors, with 2,158 expatriates working under Category III, the minister said.