Foreign workers recruitment start here

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 :

TOO MANY foreign workers in the Klang Valley have not been vaccinated against typhoid, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He blamed employers for the predicament, saying that they were “taking shortcuts” to save themselves money and were putting people at risk.

Checks jointly conducted by the ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) showed that more than 30% of foreign workers were not vaccinated, he said.

He said that among Malaysian workers, only 3% were unvaccinated.

“The difference is obvious. Some employers are taking advantage and shortcuts.

“I hope they take this (vaccinations) seriously and make right choices,” he said.

It is compulsory for restaurant owners and food vendors to have their workers vaccinated against typhoid, he said.

Dr Subramaniam said that under the Infectious Disease Prevention Act and DBKL’s Food Handlers Provision, employers who flouted the law could be fined.

He said more than 1,000 business premises were checked recently and warning notices were issued to some.

“We did not close shops. We have given them a chance to right their wrongs.

“But if it continues, we will take action,” he said.

According to him, there are always some typhoid cases in the country.

“But this time, there was an outbreak in some places and it became an issue,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said that Singapore looks out for the welfare of foreign workers in its midst through laws that protect their basic rights (\"S\'pore \'ensures welfare of foreign workers\'\"; Oct 27).

But, after talking to some of the workers, I find that they have no job security and minimal insurance coverage.

One worker told me that, apart from paying the agent in their home country, migrant workers have to pay a hefty amount to the employer for their visa. I was given to understand that this fee is shared between the employer and the Singapore agent.


When they arrive in Singapore, some of them are given another contract, and the terms and conditions differ from the contract they signed in their home country.

How is it that the contract can be changed once the worker arrives in Singapore? The original contract should be upheld.

I once met a young woman working at the airport. She said she was promised a certain salary but when she arrived here, a new contract with a lower salary was handed to her. She had no choice but to sign or else she would be sent back.

Some employers do not pay their workers on a regular basis. When the workers remind their employer, they are given a warning and threatened with being sent back.

All this must be stopped as soon as possible.

Workers must be given a translation of the contract in their own language.

Employers should not be allowed to change the contract when the worker arrives in Singapore.

There should also be stiffer penalties for employers who house workers in inhumane conditions.

The Manpower Ministry should make it a point to call some workers from time to time, to interview them privately about their housing and wages.

This way, they would not fear talking about their unhappiness.

Malaysia resumed hiring labourers from Bangladesh through a government-to-government channel in 2013. Can we not do so too?

I hope that the migrant workers will have a better future in the years to come.

Shamim Moledina (Ms)