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The proposal to bring the 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh into the country will not affect job opportunities for the locals, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said despite the entry of these foreign workers, the government will continue to protect job opportunities for the locals.

“The protection is not only for the intake of foreign workers from Bangladesh but it (the policy) is applicable to all countries sending their workers to Malaysia,” he said in a written reply to Dungun MP Wan Hasan Mohd Ramli at the Dewan Rakyat.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the deputy prime minister (DPM), said the government also planned to tweak the distribution mechanism to include other sectors for the 1.5 million Bangladeshis.

The initial plan agreed between the government of both countries will see the 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh employed in the plantation sector.

However, following the changes to the distribution mechanism, these workers will be allowed to work in sectors which local employers find it difficult to hire Malaysians.

The five sectors which have been identified are construction, manufacturing, plantations, agriculture and services.

“Although the mechanism will be tweaked, it will be supervised by the government via Surveillance Agency in every sector to prevent flooding of migrant workers,” Ahmad Zahid said.

He defended the government’s decision to approve the intake of the 1.5 million Bangladeshis, claiming it is needed to support the country’s economic growth and industrial needs.

However, he said the actual number of workers from Bangladesh will depend on the employers meeting the strict guidelines including prioritising the locals.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Immigration Department has issued 3,180 i-kad to foreign workers here from Oct 1 to 19 and will be extended to immigration offices in Sibu, Miri, Bintulu and Lawas. Its director, Datuk Mohd Zulfikar Ahmad said the colour-coded cards were issued according to sectors; agriculture (green), plantation (orange), construction (grey), services (yellow), manufacturing (red) and housemaids (brown).
The i-kad issued to every foreign worker is a personal identification document on top of the passport while he is staying in Sarawak. “Its use is subject to the terms of the visitor pass (temporary work) issued to the holder. “All foreign workers issued with visitor passes valid for one year will be issued together with i-kad,” he told a press conference at his office to announce the issuance of i-kad in Sarawak.
Zulfikar said that those who were issued with visitor passes for less than one year will not be issued with the i-kad. “The i-kad is not a travel document and cannot can be used to replace the passport or travel document for entering or leaving the country or for travel between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah and Sarawak. “Foreign workers who want to enter or leave the country via Sarawak must use their passports. The original i-kad may be used as supporting document for immigration checks at checkpoints.” He said the foreign workers may carry the original i-kad for identification during inspection by enforcement agencies without having to carry passports. The i-kad has security features which allow enforcement agencies to differentiate the original from the fake cards. Sarawak has over 100,000 foreign workers employed in various sectors. --Bernama

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JAKARTA: Indonesia will not compel foreign workers to take examinations to demonstrate proficiency in Bahasa, government officials said, denying media reports of plans for such a requirement to be introduced by the end of the year.


President Joko Widodo, who took office a year ago, is making a concerted effort to attract much-needed foreign investment into South-East Asia\'s largest economy.

In March, the government decided against language tests for foreigners seeking work permits, following protests by investors who viewed the step as a protectionist measure.

Yesterday, an official of the manpower ministry said the government would not require, but only recommend, that foreigners learn the local language. — Reuters

The manufacturing sector hopes the government would provide incentives to retain skilled foreign workers, lower corporate taxes and offer export incentives for the upcoming Budget 2016.

SCGM Bhd’s chairman and MD Datuk Seri Lee Hock Seng said the government should consider to abolish the 10-year work permit cap for foreign workers to increase productivity.

“Under the current regulations, foreign workers are given work permits of up to 10 years.

“We hope the government will abolish this provision because employers spend money for their training and they (foreign workers) leave when they have the experience.

“Retaining skilled foreign workers increases productivity as it reduces training downtime, and improve overall efficiency.

“It will also enable the management to focus on moving up the value chain by producing higher value-added products compared to retraining new workers to perform the same tasks,” Lee told The Malaysian Reserve via an email reply.

He said his company is also facing other cost issues due to the weakened ringgit despite the low fuel prices.

“With lower margins, it impacts the group’s competitive advantage when marketing its products overseas as customers tend to seek cheaper alternatives.

“Thus, we hope the government will help the manufacturing sector especially companies that export their products with a lower corporate tax rate or increased export incentives,” Lee said.

Malaysia exports plastic products worth US$7.6 billion (RM31.69 billion) in 2014 and the industry is growing at a compounded rate of 22.3% since 2010.

He also chastised some local bodies that prefer imports over “made in Malaysia” products.

“A case in point is the usage of imported steel kidney trays in hospitals when locally produced products such as plastic kidney trays and ear scanner covers are available and widely used as a hygienic and cost-effective alternative.

“We hope the government would encourage the public sector to use more locally-made plastic products due to its affordability and comparable quality,” Lee said.

In line with promoting environmentally friendly practices, Lee hopes the government will introduce incentives to encourage local manufacturers to adopt “zero waste” solutions and reduce wastage.

In 2014, the manufacturing industry contributed 6.2% to the overall gross domestic product.