Foreign workers recruitment start here

Companies faced with a manpower crunch are offering bonuses, medical benefits and even supermarket vouchers to attract and retain part-time workers.

They are competing to hire students, housewives and older people to help make up for foreign workers who have become costlier to hire since the Government raised levies and imposed higher salary criteria for foreigners to qualify for work passes.

The past year has also seen the average hourly rate for part-time work rise from around $6.50 to $9, recruitment experts told The Sunday Times. It has even hit $10 in industries such as food and beverage and telephone customer support, which are highly dependent on foreign workers.

Part-timers work less than 35 hours a week and are entitled by law to rest days, overtime pay and pro-rated leave. But several firms told The Sunday Times they are doing even more.


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KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Workers Campaign Coalition is urging the government to include foreign domestic workers under the Employment Act.

The Coalition which consist of 11 non-governmental organisation believes that the current employment regulation (terms and condition) for domestic worker was not enough to protect these group of workers.

In a press conference held today, Tenaganita's consultant and director Aegile Fernandez said the government should consider adding domestic workers under the employment act to further protect them instead of allowing these workers to be exploited.

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There is a well-stocked mini-market at the Sungai Buloh Centralised Labour Quarters. Pix by Halimaton Saadiah Sulaiman

NO MORE 'KONGSI': 13,000 being housed in four Centralised Labour Quarters

BULOH: The days of construction workers squeezed into  kongsi shacks are gone, at least as far as the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) and MMC Gamuda KVMRT (MMC- Gamuda) are concerned.

They have come up with four Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQs) to house all 13,000 workers who work on the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Mass Rapid Transit project in Sungai Buloh, Cheras, Kajang and Jalan Cochrane.

MRT Corp strategic communications and public relations director Amir Mahmood Razak said the CLQs provided their foreign workers a safe, secure and pleasant environment to live in.


Posted on May 7, 2014, Wednesday

A TOTAL of 18 companies have been given Manufacturing Licence to operate in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) through investment amount of RM29.4 billion.

Assistant Minister of Industrial Development (Investment and Promotion) Datuk Julaihi Narawi told the august house this yesterday when responding to a question from Datuk Joseph Mauh Ikeh (BN-Tamin) on local and foreign investments as well as the number of workers in SCORE.

“Out of the 18 companies, eight are foreign with investments amounting to RM17.4 billion while five are local with investments totalling RM5.98 billion and five are joint ventures with investments amounting to RM6.03 billion,” he said.

In addition, Julaihi disclosed that six companies were still negotiating with the state government to invest in SCORE.

“At present, a total of 2,898 foreign workers and 2,814 local workers are employed in the companies investing in the SCORE areas,” he said.

As for the companies operating in Samalaju industrial area, Julaihi said three companies had started their operations.