Malaysia has frozen the recruitment of Indian workers, including temple priests, sculptors and musicians, an official said on Tuesday, in a move apparently linked to an unrest by Malaysia's ethnic Indians.
The decision, made by the Cabinet on December 18, was made public the day India's Defense Minister A K Antony ended a three-day visit, hailed by both sides as a boost to rapidly growing bilateral relations, including military links.
The decision was not conveyed to Antony during his talks with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak and Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, and apparently caught the Indian High Commission by surprise. (AP)
Malaysia bans recruitment of Indian workers