Foreign workers recruitment start here

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed has shot down suggestions by some employers that the age limit in the enforcement-card registration of foreign workers be raised from 45 to 55.

He said that if the Government decided to increase the age limit, it would be open to abuse.

“We are concerned that some will abuse it because they will become eligible to apply for PR (permanent residence) status if they stay more than 10 years.

“That is why we put the limit at 45,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Nur Jazlan was responding to the suggestion made by a number of restaurant owners.

Employers have to register their foreign workers under the Immigration Department’s E-kad programme, starting Feb 15.

The registration can be made at any Immigration Department office in the peninsula.

Equipped with a biometric security system, E-kad registration will be free and valid for a year.

Nur Jazlan also said that employers should focus on hiring locals and have a younger workforce to improve productivity.

“Employing foreign workers also deprives our local people of job opportunities.

“And now they want to hire older foreign workers.

“They need to look at the bigger picture,” he said.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the issue was a matter for the policy makers.

Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said the introduction of the E-kad programme was a positive move and would minimise the problem of lost passports and travel documents.

“The E-kad reader should be made available to all enforcement agencies so that cases of foreign workers being detained for not having the original documents on their person will not recur,” he said.

SME Association of Malaysia president Datuk Michael Kang said he received positive feedback from many employers.

He hoped that the programme would be implemented smoothly.

“Employers still need to prepare all the documents but those who have a history of running away from employers will not be eligible for registration under the programme.

“We hope Immigration can simplify the registration process. We urge employers to go directly to the department, and not go through agents,” he said.


 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.

By Nuradzimmah Daim - 30 November 2015 KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry is carrying out a study to determine the actual percentage of foreign workforce needed by Malaysia, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib said the study would also include the \'dirty, dangerous and difficult\' or 3D jobs that are mostly filled by foreigners. \"These 3D jobs are the ones that the locals were said to have refused to do. However, it is equally frustrating when some employers have the perception that the jobs that they are offering would not appeal to locals and took the easy way by hiring foreigners. \"The study, along with other measures, would hopefully reduce our dependency on foreign labour and achieve the 15 per cent foreign workers of the overall workforce in Malaysia by 2020. \"There are currently 2.139 million foreign workers not including illegal ones, mostly from Bangladesh and Indonesia. There are currently an estimate of 13.8 million workers in Malaysia, of which 1.6 million and 6 million are in civil and private sectors, respectively,\" he said in reply to a question by Nasrudin Hassan (Pas-Temerloh). The other measures, he said, include encourage usage of machinery for intensive labour, job fair organised by ministry nationwide, and stringent requirements among employers in hiring foreign workers. Read More :