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MAICCI wants Govt to review foreign worker policy
by hanis zainal
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) wants the Government to review the policy on foreign workers.
Its president Tan Sri K. Kenneth Eswaran (pic) said the current policy has made it difficult for employers to hire workers qualified for jobs they want filled.
Referring to the freeze on the hiring of foreign workers in certain industries, he said it has caused a shortage for many businesses.
“Businesses such as Indian restaurants, barbers, and news vendors are all facing the same problem.
“Take a restaurant, for example, the cooks can’t come from Bangladesh or Indonesia.
“You cannot get the source country wrong for these businesses,” he said.
Speaking to the press after MAICCI’s 10th management council meeting, Eswaran said the association wants a long-term solution to the issue of foreign workers.
MAICCI secretary-general Datuk A.T. Kumararajah said the association is asking for the Government to allow employers to hire foreign workers according to their needs.
“We want a policy of workers on demand and needs basis,” said Kumararajah, adding that such a policy will never cause an influx of foreign workers because employers do not hire more workers than they need.
“For foreign workers, employers usually won’t bring in more workers than they need. There is a cost to bringing in foreign workers, so why would they bring in more than they need?” he said.
He said that the illegal workers rehiring programme is also not working well for many employers.
“The process should be simple but right now it is costly and difficult,” he said, citing the high processing fees that employers have to pay to register a worker under the rehiring scheme.
MAICCI council member Datin Maheswary Rasamy said the high cost involved in the process is a burden to many employers.
“We have to pay more than RM1,000 (per worker) upfront to MyEG but there is no guarantee that the worker will be approved.
“It’s not a fair deal. If the worker is rejected we lose the worker and money,” said Maheswary.
She said employers do not mind paying a registration fee, but they want the fee to be lowered.
She also said that there is no need for MyEg to take a high processing fee.
“If we pay the Government, it’s fair enough, but MyEg is a private company,” she said, adding that the fee should be refundable.
At present, the rehiring programme is handled by MyEg, Bukit Megah Sdn Bhd and International Marketing and Net Resources Bhd and the fee for the registration of workers start at RM1,800 per worker.
There were guffaws and thumping of the tables in the Dewan Negara today when a senator related quirky incidents he experienced due to the inability of foreign workers in the country to communicate in Bahasa Malaysia. Senator Datuk Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah recalled how he had received different food from what he had ordered when dining at hotels. \"Yang DiPertua (Senate president), my colleagues in the Senate and honourable ministers, I once ordered satay but was served caramel! \"I felt awkwared and embarrassed as the foreign worker did not understand what I had ordered,\" he said, which tickled the senators into roaring laughter and thumping of the table. \"They also don\'t understand the Parliament logo at the front of our car, to the extent that I am cursed at and scolded over a parking problem. They have no respect for us.\" He said this after interjecting Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib\'s speech during the question-and-answer session on foreign workers. Suhaimi urged the government and relevant parties to ensure the hiring of only foreign workers who understood the Malay language and respected this country\'s laws and constitution. Ismail admitted that there were still employers who recruited foreign workers with no communication skills and the government viewed this seriously with further action to be taken. To the original question from Senator Datuk Ariffin Omar on ensuring that jobs were not taken away by foreign workers, Ismail said the government had imposed a tight condition for employers to look for local workers first before opening the jobs to foreigners. Ismail said the recruitment of foreign workers was open to only five formal sectors, namely construction, agriculture, plantation, manufacturing and services involving general workers and one informal sector – domestic help, which failed to attract locals. To a question from Senator Datuk Boon Som Inong on the holding of the Asean Skills Competition 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Ismail said the government targeted Malaysia to emerge as champion to raise investors\' confidence in the country\'s skilled workers. – Bernama, December 9, 2015.
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ALOR SETAR: The Kedah Immigration Department rounded up 79 illegal immigrants for various offences at a mall here.
Ops Bersepadu was carried out by 34 personnel from the department who were assisted by officers from the Alor Setar City Council.
Department director Mohamad Yusri Hashim said illegal workers were picked up at eateries, clothing retail outlets, as well as security guards and mall cleaners during the 8pm raid on Wednesday.
The workers, aged between 19 and 43, are believed to be from Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Thailand and the Philippines.
Mohamad Yusri said they had no travel documents.
“We also arrested a 35-year-old local man, believed to be the supervisor of a cleaning services company, who had hired some of the illegal workers,” he said in a statement.
He advised mall tenants to give job opportunities to local people, adding that it was regrettable that foreign workers, especially those without valid documents, were hired instead.
Read more: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/10/09/79-illegal-foreign-workers-nabbed-in-raid/