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GEORGE TOWN: A Penang lawmaker has called for stiffer penalties against property owners who cram as many foreign workers as they can into one residential unit.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey said the six months prison sentence and RM2,000 fine provided for overcrowding under the Local Government Act 1976 was insufficient.

She described the present penalty as a slap on the wrist and urged for higher penalties to be passed.

Yap said the Act considered a residential unit as overcrowded if there was less than 32 sq m of internal space for every adult in the unit.

She added overcrowding led to social and hygiene problems as those staying in cramped living quarters had less personal space and had to share only one or two toilets.

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Posted on April 30, 2014, Wednesday

KOTA KINABALU: Choosy graduates who refuse to settle for anything less than their dream jobs are the reason for the high unemployment rate in Sabah, according to Tourism Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

Masidi, who is also the minister responsible for the state’s education portfolio, said Sabah has more than enough employment opportunities, as proven by over 300,000 foreign workers who have found jobs in various sectors in the state.

“This is not even including illegal foreign workers that are not registered, which together with those with papers amounted to about half a million individuals. Sadly, while foreigners are able to find jobs, many of our local youths are unemployed,” he said.

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JOHOR BARU: FOREIGN WORKERS, suspected to be  illegal immigrants,  have encroached on a plot of land next to a housing estate and making it their home, much to the ire of the local community.

The residents are concerned with their way of life which they said is unhygienic and may be a contributing factor to the rise of dengue cases in the housing estate.

According to a housewife, who only wanted to be known as Robiah, she said she noticed an influx of foreigners into the area after the plot of land was cleared of trees recently.

"Initially, we did not know that the foreigners were squatting on the plot of land, but once the trees were chopped down, only then did we realise that it has already turned into a village," she said.

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WHY work? For many, the basic, non-philosophical answer is obvious. We work to earn a living. Not many of us can live on love and fresh air alone.

With an unemployment rate of 3.2%, we seem to be far from an idle country. Not only is our unemployment rate low, we also have options and get to choose the jobs we are willing to do which accounts for the foreign workers who pick up after us.

Yet with close to 4 million legal foreign workers, our labour needs go above and beyond. While the country suffers a shortage of workers, there is a large population of refugees in the country who are not allowed to work.

But why should refugees be allowed to work? They have come here illegally and on top of that we have to pay for their shelter and food. If we allow refugees to work, they will throng into the country and take away what is ours. So the best way to stop people coming in as refugees, is to make it as unpleasant as possible so that it discourages rather than encourages people from thinking that they can just live off our hard work. Also, they could be a security threat. It is best that they are not allowed to work here, after all we have legal foreign workers.

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