According to data from Department of Statistic Malaysia, the number of foreign workers in the nation witnessed a decrease from 1.87 million to 1.76 million in 2018 (5.79%).
The number of male foreign workers was tremendously higher than their female counterpart, at 2.88 million to 739,552. Interestingly, there were 1,516 male foreign workers recorded working as housemaid in Malaysia for the year 2018.
On the other hand, only 4.5% of female foreign workers were in the construction sector. For male workers, the construction sector were their second top choice (23.8%), behind the manufacturing sector (35.1%).
Overall, a majority of foreign workers in Malaysia were from Indonesia (40.38%), followed by Nepal (21.74%) and Bangladesh (14.36%).