Everyone knows that the economy cannot survive if Malaysia does not import foreign workers. From construction workers to domestic helpers (sometimes called maids), they are everywhere. One only need to head down to Kota Raya on a weekend to see how many there are.
Comparatively, countries like Singapore and Australia are importing foreign workers as well.
The only difference is that developed countries like Singapore and Australia is that they import highly skilled workers and those who can contribute to the economy and the standard of living. Meanwhile, Malaysia is importing workers for manual work which:
a. Adds to the population of the country
b. Earn money here and send them back to their home country
c. Settle down in Malaysia and create a whole new generation of baby-boomers
Make no mistake about it, they come from Bangladesh, the Philippines, Nepal, Thailand, Pakistan, Vietnam and Myanmar and when they come in large groups numbering in millions, it creates a whole new phenomenon and sometimes a whole new problem for the country.
Some of them even conduct crimes. Others channel out billions of ringgit each year.
In the next 10 years, the population of Malaysia will change to become more multicultural. The government today is not thinking enough and does not have anyone with good economic planning, unlike the 1970s when the late Tun Abdul Razak planned marvelously for the next 50 years.
Maybe the government is too lazy to think or plan. Maybe someone is getting some kickbacks. The government is still talking about bringing in domestic helpers and nothing really is done to try and make the economy more competitive or relevant. Is this what the people want? A future which looks bleak and blur?