Foreign workers recruitment start here

by Winnie Kasmir

Azih (third right) at the press conference yesterday.

SANDAKAN: The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) welcomes the recent announcement made by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Subramaniam that foreigners would have to bear full treatment charges at government clinics and hospitals nationwide.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, its president, Azih Muda, said it would be a wise move as the government could save RM100 million a year if foreigners had to pay full medical fees.

Cuepacs hopes the savings can be allocated for medicines and to add more haemodialysis machines in government hospitals.

“Cuepacs does not agree with the 30-40 per cent subsidy provided by the government to foreign workers. The subsidy should be revised as it is unfair for our people.

“Due to the enormous number of foreigners benefiting from the subsidy, Cuepacs is suggesting that the government revise the issues so the fees imposed on foreigners will be appropriate and less subsidised,” he said at a press conference after a seminar organised by Cuepacs Sabah, in collaboration with Sabah Medical Services Union (SMSU) Sandakan Branch at Hospital Duchess of Kent yesterday.

KUANTAN: About 100 employers are staring at stern action for not implementing minimum wage, said Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Ismail Abdul Muttalib.

The employers were identified after 600 workers lodged complaints against them.

“We have issued a final warning to them. If they still fail to do so, the ministry will be taking stern action against them,” he told reporters after opening a job carnival here yesterday.

The minimum wage policy came into effect on Jan 1 this year.

On a separate matter, Ismail said Malaysians should not complain about unemployment because many jobs were filled by foreigners.

He said young people often told him that there were no jobs available, but he countered by asking: “Then, why are there so many foreign workers in the country?”




Poultry and vegetables being seized by City Hall officers at Pasar Pudu during Op Tegas. Pic by Surianie Mohd Hanif

STERN ACTION: City Hall continues with Op Tegas, hawkers without permits caught

KUALA LUMPUR: TWENTY-FIVE traders were recently caught during City Hall's fourth Op Tegas, aimed at weeding out illegal traders in the city.

The traders were found to have violated City Hall's Licensing of Hawkers and Stalls (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) 1989 by-laws.

The operation, led by City Hall enforcement officer Mohd Hariyadi Mohd Nor, covered Pasar Pudu, Lorong Conton, Jalan Silang and Jalan Petaling between 10am and 5pm.

Hariyadi said the traders were fined for leasing their stalls to foreigners, failing to display their business licence and hiring foreign workers.

During the crackdown, City Hall officers seized 26 stalls which were selling poultry, vegetables, meat and other items.

Four traders also had their licences revoked for flouting the law.

City Hall safety and enforcement director Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said 24 of those caught were foreigners while the remaining one was local.

Sauffi said that this year, to date, a total of 784 illegal stalls have been shut down.

"Most of the illegal traders can be found at night markets around the city. We urged traders to obtain proper permits for them to avoid action being taken," he said.

City Hall assistant administrative officer Izzul Fikri Mohd said that owners whose licences have been cancelled for employing illegalforeign workers will have their names blacklisted.

Posted on March 17, 2014, Monday

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah Hj Md Ja’afar during the latest round of 10th LegCo (Legislative Council) Meeting raised the issue of freelance workers in which he suggested that relevant authorities curb the influx of foreign workers whose ‘employment passes’ state an occupation that differs from the work they are supposed to perform, Brudirect reported.

The matter was brought forth following a spike in criminal activities such as burglaries, home invasions, carjacking, thefts, fraud and smuggling, some of which involved foreign nationals carrying out freelance work after their contracts had ended.

Yang Berhormat suggested that the contractors that are no longer tasked with a project report to the relevant departments so that their work passes could be terminated. He also called on village heads to be more proactive by mobilising the registration of rented house tenants in their respective villages. This would help the Labour Department and the Immigration and National Registration Department to track down foreign workers whose work permits have expired.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman, in his response, welcomed the suggestions, especially the call for greater proactivity amongst the village heads in registering the rented houses or quarters in their respective jurisdictions.