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Wednesday, 23 January, 2002, 18:04 GMT
Malaysia to ban Indonesian workers
Malaysia is temporarily banning new workers arriving from Indonesia after a series of violent riots.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said Malaysia would instead consider taking workers from such countries as Cambodia and Vietnam.

The ban follows the arrests of more than 120 Indonesians after a riot last week at a textile factory in Negeri Sembilan province.

More than 20 other Indonesian workers are reported to have been detained in connection with a rampage through a food market by Indonesian workers in Cyberjaya, south of the capital.

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