Wednesday, 02 July , 2003

Malaysia seeking Indian barbers

Barber shops and hair saloons in northern Malaysian states of Penang, Kedah and Perak are seeking about 2,500 workers from India to continue operations, according to local media reports in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

The Tamil Nesan and Malaysia Nanban newspapers quoted Penang State consumers association president S M Idris as saying that the Malaysian Government should allow workers from India to work in the hair saloons to keep the traditional practice alive.

He cautioned that delays in issuing permits to the Indian Hair Dressing Association would lead to the closure of more shops.

More than 30 such saloons have already closed this year, he added.

Idris said that the Government should extend the same policy to shops in the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia as it has allowed hair saloons in Kuala Lumpur to recruit workers from India.