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WHILE most of those living beside foreign worker hostels may feel unsafe or are plagued by various issues, residents in SS9A Sungai Way are actually sad at the prospect of the workers moving out of the area.
To these residents, the migrant workers are already part of the community; and they support local traders and keep their businesses such as eateries and grocery shops going.
However, these migrant workers will soon be calling a new development in SS8 home.
Known as the Petaling Jaya Elevated City, the new development is located in the Sungai Way Free Trade Zone where the migrant workers are employed.
“Moving there will be easier for them as it will be closer for them to get to work.
“But it will be a loss for our community as we have all learnt to live together over the years,” said the Community Security and Development Committee (JKKK) chairman Ding Eow Chai.
He explained that the workers occupied more than 100 houses in the neighbourhood and each unit could accommodate more than 60 occupants, sometimes even up to 100.
Unlike other overcrowded hostels in Klang Valley, the ones in Sungai Way are much bigger than normal terrace houses, with land sizes of more than 5,000 sq ft.
Most owners have renovated their houses to make the property three storeys high while others build a few different units on the plot of land to accommodate more tenants.
Driving around the narrow Sungai Way roads, visitors will be able to see some houses labelled with alphabets, to represent the different units on a piece of land
Also, there are multiple water meters seen in the compounds along with multiple electricity meters lining the walls outside the houses.
Read more: http://www.thestar.com.my/Metro/Community/2015/09/04/Foreign-workers-to-be-rehomed-Sungai-Way-residents-ponder-how-the-Petaling-Jaya-Elevated-City-will-a/
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to review the mechanism for hiring and managing Indonesian foreign workers in Malaysia.
This was agreed upon at a bilateral meeting between the two countries over the hiring of foreign workers and maids from Indonesia, at the sidelines of the 10th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) here Thursday.
\"On the basis of the close diplomatic relations between both countries, Malaysia and Indonesia are taking the initiative to review the mechanism of hiring and managing Indonesian foreign workers in Malaysia.
\"It is hoped that the improvements will have a positive impact on both countries, and benefit both Indonesian foreign workers and their Malaysian employers,\" said Indonesia\'s manpower minister Hanif Dakhiri in a statement after the meeting.
Hanif added that a further discussion between senior officials of both countries on the matter is expected to take place in mid-October.
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PUTRAJAYA: The Government will not deny medical treatment to foreign workers but it must be practical as taxpayer funds are at stake, says Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
The Health Minister said the review in medical fees for foreigners at public hospitals implemented earlier this year was to “reflect the cost” borne by the Government in subsidies.
“We want the fees to reflect the cost that we are paying. Otherwise, we will be subsidising 60% to 70%.
“Our fees still remains cheaper than private hospitals. We are actually providing affordable healthcare to all.
“If we have unlimited money, we can treat the whole world, but we need to manage based on the resources we have.
“On the basis of humanitarian grounds, we will not exclude or deny anyone medical treatment, but at the same time we must be practical in our approach and make sure what we do is sustainable,” Dr Subramaniam said after chairing his ministry’s post-Cabinet meeting.
Dr Subramaniam was responding to a move by Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, who filed an application for leave to seek a judicial review of public hospitals and clinics’ fee structure for foreigners. He claimed the reviewed fees would deter migrant workers from seeking treatment, which could result in a spread of diseases.
Dr Subramaniam said every country had its own system of managing healthcare and how they did it depended on the local situation.
“I am being realistic. It is not that I do not have noble intentions,” said Dr Subramaniam.
On another issue, Dr Subramaniam said the Ministry would come up with a decision regarding e-cigarette smoking in “one or two months”.
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I REFER to your report “Vital to curb number of foreign workers” (NST, Aug 12). The issue of increasing 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers in stages over three years, as spelt out by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in June, to meet local demand has received mixed reaction from the media and increased national attention.
The sluggish economy, falling oil prices and the depreciation of our currency against the US dollar are having a telling effect on the people, and businesses and employers are trying to cut corners in managing their costs. There are reports that suggest that we have registered 2.1 million foreign workers and, including the illegals, the total number of foreign workers here adds up to about 6.7 million, which is more than the ethnic Chinese population. This, if left unchecked, can pose a multitude of social and security problems.
Do we really need 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers? Have we done a manpower needs assessment to justify the numbers? What industries really need them and is there any alternative action that can be taken? There is no doubt that Malaysians are choosy and avoid jobs that are dangerous, dirty and difficult. But, it would do a world of good if the Home Ministry, Human Resources Ministry, and the Malaysian Trades Union Congress work together on how we can reduce our dependence on migrant workers and train our own workers by providing the right skills set, safety knowledge and skill with a good salary package to encourage them to take on these jobs.
The employment of foreign workers, if there is a genuine need, should be an open tender that is transparent with an independent committee appointed to vet the proposals submitted by foreign worker manpower companies vying for the contract. There should be no cronies involved in this bidding exercise. If not, it raises questions on integrity and transparency.
C. SATHASIVAM SITHERAVELLU,SEREMBAN, NEGRI SEMBILAN
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