Xenophobia in Malaysia

Xenophobia is one of the serious problems in Malaysia, as it is shown from almost of citizens of the country. It is a part of racism, but xenophobia occurs regardless of race. Most of xenophobia towards to foreign labours, who normally came from Bangladesh and Africa.

Malaysia applies a xenophobic labouring law that tries to prohibit hiring foreigners in any sections of jobs. Each companies are not allowed to hire foreigners unless if there’s no locals want to apply for the job.

Due to high rate of xenophobia, foreigners are often failed to apply for both full-time and part-time jobs. Even part-time jobs are normally “Malaysian ONLY”.

In most of tourist facilities, foreigners need to pay more than locals(, ). However, they normally don’t mention as “either Malaysian or not” but “either MyKad or not”.

In 2014, Penang state government held a referendum that bans foreigners cooking local cuisines. And in this referendum, most of people said “YES”.

This laws are criticised by foreigners. A well-known local chef, Redzuawan Ismail, also criticised this law.