The Malaysian government wants textile and clothing factories employing foreign workers to provide separate living quarters for different nationalities following a series of street fights on Wednesday which left at least five hospitalised and resulted in 66 arrests.

The country's Human Resources Minister Fong Chan Onn says it will also be compulsory for all foreign workers to be given orientation courses on Malaysia's working environment before they arrive. And he warns that action will be taken against foreigners who set out to cause trouble in the State.

The Hualon Corporation textile factory in Nilai was the scene of one clash between Indonesian and Vietnamese workers.

Minister Fong Chan Onn says a police officer will now be permanently stationed at the Hualon plant and has ordered the firm to provide separate living quarters for workers as soon as possible.

Around 1,600 of the factory's workers are from Vietnam, 890 from Bangladesh and 700 from Indonesia. Some 500 Indonesian workers from the same company were deported last year after rioting broke out.