MANILA: Malaysia and other Asean member countries have expressed their concerns over the escalating conflict in the Korean peninsula and want North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons programme indefinitely. Najib said during the Summit, leaders also touched on the need to increase the economic integration between Asean and South Korea after conclusion of the ASEAN-South Korea Free Trade Agreement. However, Japan is likely to face competition from other contenders, including China, South Korea and European countries. Among the provisions of the landmark document are upholding fair treatment of migrant workers, granting visitation rights by family members, and prohibiting the seizure of passports. Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam are the main origin countries of migrant workers, while Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the main “host” countries.
Source: New Strait Times November 14, 2017 09:00 UTC