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Malaysia moving to wean itself off foreign workers

Manufacturers long reliant on cheap labor now gird for rising costs

Inside a Top Glove factory. Malaysian companies see automation a way to ease their heavy reliance on foreign workers.

SINGAPORE -- Manufacturers in Malaysia are working to reduce their dependence on an army of cheap foreign laborers as the government steps up its campaign to improve the treatment of these workers in the face of international criticism.

With a shift in government policy expected to raise the cost of employing foreign workers, manufacturers are taking various measures to cope, from greater use of automation to moving operations abroad.

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