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PUTRAJAYA: The Government will not deny medical treatment to foreign workers but it must be practical as taxpayer funds are at stake, says Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

The Health Minister said the review in medical fees for foreigners at public hospitals implemented earlier this year was to “reflect the cost” borne by the Government in subsidies.

“We want the fees to reflect the cost that we are paying. Otherwise, we will be subsidising 60% to 70%.

“Our fees still remains cheaper than private hospitals. We are actually providing affordable healthcare to all.

 

“If we have unlimited money, we can treat the whole world, but we need to manage based on the resources we have.

“On the basis of humanitarian grounds, we will not exclude or deny anyone medical treatment, but at the same time we must be practical in our approach and make sure what we do is sustainable,” Dr Subramaniam said after chairing his ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting.

Dr Subramaniam was responding to a move by Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, who filed an application for leave to seek a judicial review of public hospitals and clinics’ fee structure for foreigners. He claimed the reviewed fees would deter migrant workers from seeking treatment, which could result in a spread of diseases.

Dr Subramaniam said every country had its own system of managing healthcare and how they did it depended on the local situation.

“I am being realistic. It is not that I do not have noble intentions,” said Dr Subra­maniam.

On another issue, Dr Subramaniam said the Ministry would come up with a decision regarding e-cigarette smoking in “one or two months”.

I REFER to your report “Vital to curb number of foreign workers” (NST, Aug 12). The issue of increasing 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers in stages over three years, as spelt out by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in June, to meet local demand has received mixed reaction from the media and increased national attention.

The sluggish economy, falling oil prices and the depreciation of our currency against the US dollar are having a telling effect on the people, and businesses and employers are trying to cut corners in managing their costs. There are reports that suggest that we have registered 2.1 million foreign workers and, including the illegals, the total number of foreign workers here adds up to about 6.7 million, which is more than the ethnic Chinese population. This, if left unchecked, can pose a multitude of social and security problems.

Do we really need 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers? Have we done a manpower needs assessment to justify the numbers? What industries really need them and is there any alternative action that can be taken? There is no doubt that Malaysians are choosy and avoid jobs that are dangerous, dirty and difficult. But, it would do a world of good if the Home Ministry, Human Resources Ministry, and the Malaysian Trades Union Congress work together on how we can reduce our dependence on migrant workers and train our own workers by providing the right skills set, safety knowledge and skill with a good salary package to encourage them to take on these jobs.

The employment of foreign workers, if there is a genuine need, should be an open tender that is transparent with an independent committee appointed to vet the proposals submitted by foreign worker manpower companies vying for the contract. There should be no cronies involved in this bidding exercise. If not, it raises questions on integrity and transparency.

C. SATHASIVAM SITHERAVELLU,SEREMBAN, NEGRI SEMBILAN

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PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet Committee for Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigrants (JKKPA-PATI) has decided on three measures that should be undertaken by employers to ensure accountability and responsibility during the term of employment. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who chaired the meeting with the stakeholders, here, today, said employers would have to provide housing facilities for the foreign workers with minimum standards of accommodation.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister said a pilot project for housing foreign workers was already started in Pengerang, Johor that can cater up to 10,000 people. \"We are looking at a long term housing facilities for foreign workers, which is more centralised with facilities like such toilets, beds, grocery shops and place of worship. This is also to provide a more humane living conditions for these workers especially those in the construction site. \"As for other measures, the committee has agreed to the implementation of strict liability principles on employers hiring foreign workers to ensure more responsibility until the workers are sent back to their home countries. \"The hiring of foreign workers will no longer be done through agents but via a single window system online application integrated with the relevant authorities, \" he said. Zahid added as of June, there are 2.2 million legal foreign workers in Malaysia.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 ― The Home Ministry has denied a report claiming that Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had ordered it to award a management system contract for Bangladeshi workers to his brother\\\\\\\'s company, saying the matter is still being discussed.

In a statement published by The Star today, the ministry admitted, however, that there was a “note” on the working paper submitted by Real Time Networking Sdn Bhd ― whose executive chairman Datuk Abdul Hakim is Zahid’s brother.

The ministry did not divulge further details on the note but stressed that it did not not amount to a directive or approval for the contract award.

“A few companies, including Real Time Networking Sdn Bhd, have submitted proposals to the ministry to provide a system to manage foreign workers.

“However, we have not made any decision. We are still looking through all the proposals. A committee will decide through the existing procedures,” the Home Ministry was quoted saying.

The ministry added that Malaysia and Bangladesh will continue talks to ensure a quick resolution to the repatriation of illegal workers from the latter nation.

“We are also working together to establish the process for new intake of workers is done transparently and systematically in stages,” it added.

Zahid is home minister and was recently appointed as deputy prime minister after a Cabinet reshuffle.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 ― The Home Ministry has denied a report claiming that Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had ordered it to award a management system contract for Bangladeshi workers to his brother\\\\\\\'s company, saying the matter is still being discussed.

In a statement published by The Star today, the ministry admitted, however, that there was a “note” on the working paper submitted by Real Time Networking Sdn Bhd ― whose executive chairman Datuk Abdul Hakim is Zahid’s brother.

The ministry did not divulge further details on the note but stressed that it did not not amount to a directive or approval for the contract award.

“A few companies, including Real Time Networking Sdn Bhd, have submitted proposals to the ministry to provide a system to manage foreign workers.

“However, we have not made any decision. We are still looking through all the proposals. A committee will decide through the existing procedures,” the Home Ministry was quoted saying.

The ministry added that Malaysia and Bangladesh will continue talks to ensure a quick resolution to the repatriation of illegal workers from the latter nation.

“We are also working together to establish the process for new intake of workers is done transparently and systematically in stages,” it added.

Zahid is home minister and was recently appointed as deputy prime minister after a Cabinet reshuffle.

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/no-order-from-zahid-to-award-foreign-worker-system-contract-to-brothers-fir#sthash.vBjAqP6L.dpuf