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.
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.