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KUALA LUMPUR: IT is high time the government seriously looked into measures, including those unpopular with industry players, to reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign workers.
With about four million foreign workers, the country’s reliance on foreign labour is suppressing local wages and impeding Malaysia’s progress towards becoming a high-productivity nation.
Speaking to the New Straits Times, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said the government should address the influx of foreign workers’ issue in its entirety.
Its president, Datuk Abdul Halim Mansor, said the oppression of foreign workers should stop, adding that they, too, should be protected under labour laws.
He said for the past 23 years, the International Labour Organisation had questioned Malaysia over cases under C19 – Equality of Treatment (Accident Compensation) Convention 1925.
“If we arrest a foreigner in Malaysia for robbery, can he be exempt (from the law) for being a foreigner? The answer is no.
“When the government introduced the Workmen’s Compensation Act, the idea is that these workers are here temporarily.
“It should not be that way. The Employment Act does not specify that it only applies to locals. It refers to anyone who is hired in this country, which means even foreigners deserve to get protection like locals do, as provided for under the Employment Act.”
He said the low cost of foreign labour indirectly led to discrimination against locals by employers.
“If locals are hired, employers are required to pay higher overtime and double or triple pay during public holidays. But foreign workers work seven days a week, 12 hours a day and are given a one-off payment. That is why hiring foreign workers is simply more attractive (to employers).”
On July 29, the New Sunday Times reported that there were at least two illegal workers for every legally employed worker in the country.
The exclusive report, quoting industry players from various economic sectors, revealed that it had always been the “extra” help that employers received from the estimated 2.3 million illegal migrants that allowed them to keep their operations afloat.
The government, they said, should address the root cause of the illegal workers issue, which was attributed to the involvement of third-party agents.
Industry players also urged the government to reconsider a plan by the previous administration to cap the percentage of foreigners in the local job market at 15 per cent by 2020.
There are about four million foreign workers in Malaysia, with 3.2 million of them illegal.
The 1.7 million legal workers account for 12 per cent of the total workers in the job market.
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CHENNAI: Malaysia has the most restrictive laws on women migrant workers, with many preferring to avoid deportation by working illegally, ignoring abuse and labour law violations, Reuters reports quoting a new global study on female workers.
The report, released by an alliance of companies, universities and civil society organisations, cites the requirement of female migrant workers to take a pregnancy test prior to departure from their home country, and on a yearly basis thereafter.
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KUALA LUMPUR: BOSSES who make their foreign workers pay the employment levy imposed by the government will be held liable under the law.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib said they could be cited under the Fee Act 1951.
The ministry had made it clear in the past that employers were legally bound to commit to the Employers Undertaking document, which they signed before they were permitted to hire foreign workers.
Aside from the levy obligation, employers must also adhere to other conditions when employing foreign workers.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) today lauded the introduction of online registration systems for foreign workers, enforced since April 1, saying there are huge benefits for those who utilise the systems.
“We have always supported online processing and advocate for the computerisation of the entire foreign workers recruitment process, from application to yearly renewals until check-out and repatriation,” FMM told the New Straits Times today.
The government recently set up online systems for employers to recruit foreign workers, namely the Foreign Worker Application System (SPPA), Integrated Foreign Workers Management system (ePPAx) and also the MYXpats system for expatriates.
FMM said online application systems provide greater convenience and time-saving, compared to the earlier system. This was because employers could now apply from their offices instead of having to be physically present at immigration offices.
“We do not have to line up in early hours of the morning to get the queue numbers and employers only need be physically present to collect their approvals,” it said.
It said costs should also be reduced as agents are no longer required to submit documents, queue or collect approvals on behalf of the employers.
“There is greater confidentiality to company’s information as compared to hard copies (documents submission) which could be easily duplicated,” FMM said.
FMM said the systems also alleviated the administrative burden of the authorities as each company would need to digitalise their information into the online system which would then be readily accessible throughout different government levels for approvals.
“It is not only green but also saves time, resources, papers and photocopy cost.
“We hope employers are able to track the progress of their online applications at every stage and all documents and information uploaded would be kept safe,” FMM said.
It was reported that all employers applying to hire foreign workers were required to submit necessary documents via online applications, except for foreign domestic helpers from April 1.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also Home Minister, said the ruling was applicable for applications for foreign workers from all source countries.
He said the measure was taken to ensure employers were not cheated by employment agents and paying extra costs, besides preventing the agents from taking advantage of foreign workers that were in dire straits.