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11,500 Illegal Foreign Workers And 272 Employers Have Been Detained Since Jun 30 2017

11,500 illegal foreign workers and 272 employers have been detained nationwide as part of a continuous operation conducted since the end of the E-card programme deadline on June 30. Firmer punishment, including whipping, awaits Malaysian employers who hire or give refuge to illegal foreign workers.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said he recently met with Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif to discuss the punishments to be meted out to employers who commit immigration offences.

“I have discussed (the judicial issues) with the Chief Justice, and he expressed his readiness (to mete out) the punishments, including whipping, to employers who are still stubborn,” he said.

Mustafar revealed this after leading a team of 39 officers and Department members on an operation to detain illegal foreigners at two construction sites here and in Kamunting. The operation began last night and ended early this morning.

Mustafar added that his Department will also punish employers who protect illegal foreign workers by freezing company assets.

As of 11.30pm last night, he said 11,500 illegal foreign workers and 272 employers have been detained nationwide as part of a continuous operation conducted since the end of the E-card programme deadline on June 30.

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Last night’s operation started at 10.30pm and saw 139 foreign workers checked and 45 detained for not having valid travel documents and misusing their employee passes.

“In this operation, 39 men, six women and two children, aged 1 month and 3, were detained and brought to the Ipoh Immigration Department for documentation, before being taken to the Langkap Immigration Depot for further investigation,” he said.

Mustafar also requested the cooperation of employers and local authorities on monitoring the construction of “rumah kongsi” in Taiping, which are deemed unsafe for habitation.

“On our side, there is no compromise with illegal foreign workers and we will continue conducting operations. But in terms of the safety of (legal) foreign workers, local authorities are looking into the aspects of their residential locations.

“For example, at ongoing construction sites, developers must prepare “rumah kongsi” (that meet minimum safety requirements),” he said.

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Malaysia Immigration Department To Start Freezing Assets of Employers Who Protect Illegal Foreign Workers

The Immigration Department will start freezing the assets of employers who hire and protect illegal foreign workers from next month (October 2016).

datuk_mustafar_aliIts Director-General Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali (pic) said that there is a provision under Section 56(1) of the Immigration Act to freeze assets and bank accounts of employers, however, it has not been fully enforced.

“We don’t want the public to get shocked when we finally take this measure come October this year. It’s not a new thing.

“We hope the media can relay the message to the public so that we can create awareness, as well as inform employers of the consequences they face when they protect their illegal foreign workers,” he said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Mustafar said the department has also discussed the matter with legal advisers.

“The department is giving employers until the end of this month to sort everything – including their workers’ travel documents, visas and permits,” he said.

On a separate matter, Mustafar said the department would consult with the National Higher Education Fund Corporation, Inland Revenue Board and Malaysian Insolvency Department to help solve the issue of blacklisted Malaysian travellers.

“We would like to suggest to these agencies to come up with a 24-hour help desk at the airport so that they are accessible to the public at all times.

“Although the Immigration Department is reachable at all times, the department is only a gatekeeper and all orders must come from these agencies,” he said.

We do not possess any authority or expertise to solve their issues. “Through this, we hope amicable solutions can be reached and the public’s travel plans would not be disrupted,” he added.

News source: TheStar

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Malaysia May “Open” Foreign Worker Market In A Week, Said Expat Minister

The Malaysian government may open its foreign workers job market for the Bangladeshi workers within seven days, expatriates’ welfare minister said Thursday. He said Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur recently has informed the ministry that the market will be open shortly.

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“The Malaysian market may be open within seven days as our Bangladesh mission has given such indication,” Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (EWOE) minister Nurul Islam said.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of Probash Bandhu call centre at the Probashi Kallayan Bhaban in the city.

He also said they will fix migration cost for Malaysia-bound workers immediately after opening of the market.

Replying to a query, the minister said that workers will be selected from the existing database. “We have already enlisted a large number of workers. Workers will be sent from the existing database.”

Mr Islam said foreign workers will be sent through private recruitment companies.

When contacted, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) secretary general Ruhul Amin said that the Southeast Asian country needs a significant number of foreign workers to run their trade and services sectors.

“We hope nearly 250,000 workers will get employment opportunities every year in the Malaysian market”.

When asked, the BAIRA leader said they would follow what were stipulated in the deal which was signed between Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur in fixing migration cost.

He said they will try to keep the migration cost for Malaysia-bound workers at a ‘rational’ level.

Abdur Rouf, joint secretary of the ministry of EWOE, told the FE the ministry would set up a cell in Malaysia to oversee whether private agencies formed syndicates, charged extra migration costs and exploited workers.

The cell will monitor the overall migration process to the Malaysian market. Representatives from the Bangladesh mission in Malaysia, expatriate welfare ministry and manpower recruiters’ association will work in the cell, he said.

“So, fraudulent manpower agencies will not be able to cheat the workers,” he said.

He said Malaysia will recruit workers in five sectors, including service, construction, manufacturing, plantation and farming.

Nearly 600,000 Bangladeshi workers have been staying in Malaysia, of which 70 per cent are working in the construction sector, while 30 per cent in plantation, according to sector insiders.

Meanwhile, the expatriate welfare minister launched call centre named ‘Probash Bandhu’ for expatriate workers in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Jordan.

Bangladeshi workers will get swift services from the centre. The centre will receive call from workers from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

The expatriate workers will be able to discuss on their passport-related problems, legal issues, sending back dead bodies, sending back sick and wounded workers and financial support, compensations, stipend etc through the call centre.

The workers can also lodge complaints if they don’t get due services from the government.

The complaints will be forwarded to the departments concerned for due action. The ministry will introduce the same facilities for other destination countries gradually.

News Source: Financial Expresses

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Four Sectors Malaysian Company Allowed To Hire Foreign Workers

The Malaysia Cabinet is lifting the freeze on hiring foreign workers for four sectors, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The decision was made in light of appeals from the manufacturing, construction, plantation and furniture-making industries, which are facing a major shortage of workers.

unfreeze_on_malaysia_foreign_workers_intake“In view of the acute shortage, we have to lift the suspension to allow these sectors to bring in foreign workers,” said Liow.

However, he said that the Cabinet was already looking to improve the system for hiring foreign workers, after which they would gradually lift the hiring freeze for other sectors too.

“On other sectors, we will go on a case-by-case basis, while waiting for the creation of a more foolproof, transparent and accountable system,” he added.

“Workers are important for the productivity of these sectors, so if employers face too many uncertainties in hiring workers, that will not go well for the nation’s economic growth,” he said.

Liow added that it would take time for the Government to engage with the various industries to better understand the situations that each sector faced.

However, he emphasised that it was important for the Government to regulate and have proper control over the hiring of foreign workers in Malaysia.

The Star reported recently that a survey by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers showed that 84% of manufacturers were facing a labour shortage, with half of them claiming that they had not been able to fulfil existing orders.

The survey showed 146 companies required 13,270 new workers this year to meet their business needs and replace unfit or returning workers.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the illegal foreign workers’ rehiring programme must be made more efficient to assist manufacturers, who were facing a manpower shortage due to the freeze on foreign workers since February.

Only 55,000 illegals have been rehired so far, out of the estimated 1.4 million said to be in the country.

Late last month, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that a decision on the freeze on foreign labour would be announced soon.

News source: TheStar

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Malaysia Cabinet Will Review Foreign Labour Issues Faced By Companies

The Cabinet today decided to look into critical foreign labour needs faced by foreign and local companies in Malaysia, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

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International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed checking out the Coca-cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd’s New Production Line at the Taman Perindustrian Halal in Nilai

He said in this matter, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) with other agencies including the Immigration Department and Human Resource Ministry will work closely to identify the critical needs.

“As for critical areas, the government has a policy which allows some foreign companies to continue employing new foreign workers.

“…but going foward, our policy is to encourage more Malaysians to be employed by foreign and local companies,” he told a press conference after officiating Coca-cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd’s New Production Line here today.

Mustapha said as for now, the government’s policy was to legalise illegal workers under the Rehiring Programme.

“Yes, we do need foreign workers but our policy going forward is to legalise illegal workers… there are about two million illegal foreign workers in this country and at least one million illegal foreign workers needed to be legalised,” he added.

In February, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced a freeze on the intake of foreign workers, ncluding those from Bangladesh

News source: The Sun Daily

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RM1,000 Minimum Wage For Malaysia Foreign Workers Beginning July

The government has set a minimum wage of RM1,000 for all employees beginning July. This rate would also apply to wages of all foreign workers in Malaysia, Deputy Human Resource Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib said. He said the decision was made after considering various aspects including cost of living and the nation’s economic growth.

Ismail Abdul Muttali

ISMAIL: The RM1,000 minimum wage will apply to all foreign workers in Malaysia as well.

He said the minimum wage review was made once every two years to ensure employee productivity and competitiveness remains at the optimum level.

“The government will review once every two years. This is in line with the National Wages Act and take into account various aspects including cost of living, productivity level and such. The next review will be in 2018,” he told the Dewan Rakyat today.

Ismail was responding to a question by Su Keong Siong (DAP-Ipoh Timur) who wanted to know the latest update on the country’s minimum wage status.

Meanwhile, Ismail also informed that the minimum wage in Sabah and Sarawak was at RM920.

He said, any employer which fail to comply with the rate can have action taken against them under the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011.

Since 2014, a total of 692 employers have been prosecuted after 81,200 checks were conducted, he added.

News Source: Astro Awani

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Foreign Worker Crackdown Leaves IOI City Mall Food Court In Mess

A food court at IOI City Mall appears to have been badly affected after Immigration Department rounded up more than 200 illegal foreign workers two nights ago. Dirty plates and cutlery were seen scattered on tables in the mall’s Food Junction, a food court located on the second floor. Customers were seen having their meals despite the unhygienic condition of the outlet.

A worker, who did not want to be named, said the lack of workers had affected the stalls.

“It is the school holiday season and we are left to handle a bigger crowd with a smaller workforce,” she said.

“It is unfair to us as they should have issued them summonses or warnings instead of taking them away.”

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The smaller workforce following the Immigration crackdown has left the food court at IOI City Mall in an unhygenic condition. ― Malay Mail

She said the used plates lying about was an unusual scene as the food court was always kept clean and tidy.

“Almost all the cleaners were taken away during the raid and they (the authorities) should at least send them back to avoid a situation like this,” she said.

Another worker said customers had to wait a bit longer to be seated because the tables were messy.

“The food orders were also taking a bit longer to be served which left customers frustrated,” he said.

“Customers could be seen waiting for tables to be cleaned and this is something which never happens.”

Bernama reported that more than 200 illegal workers from Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh were arrested and sent to the Bukit Jalil immigration detention depot for further investigations on Wednesday night.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Masir Kujat had said the illegal workers were held for various offences such as abusing their social visit passes, overstaying and not having identification documents.

IOI City Mall declined to comment when contacted by Malay Mail yesterday.

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Freeze On Foreign Workers’ Intake Will Impact Projects

Putrajaya’s suspension of foreign workers’ intake will exacerbate the shortage of manpower problem in the construction industry, which will cause delays in project completion, warned the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM).

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MBAM, the umbrella organisation that represents the Malaysian construction industry, estimated that the industry needs at least 1.995 million on-site foreign workers by 2020, up a whopping 823,000 or 70.2% from 1.172 million last year.

In a country with a population of 31 million and an unemployment rate of about 3%, Malaysia’s construction industry needs foreign workers supplies to fill the manpower gap, especially since locals are not keen on working in the construction industry, said MBAM president Matthew Tee.

“There should be a realistic understanding that our industry needs foreign workers. We employ them because even if the unemployment rate somehow managed to reach 0%, meaning everyone in the local labour force is employed, there will still be demand-supply gap for manpower in the construction industry,” Tee told The Edge Financial Daily in a recent interview.

Tee opined that if the government insists on suspending the recruitment of foreign workers, the construction industry will be hit, as builders will face difficulty in filling the demand-supply gap. Eventually, delivery time and cost of many projects will be affected.

“For now, contractors can still deliver existing projects with the available manpower. But in the medium-to long-term, when all new mega projects, be it MRT2, LRT3, KL118 or Kedah’s Rubber City, are launched and implemented in full, we will still find it difficult to source for labour if the decision to suspend the intake of foreign workers is not reversed,” he stressed.

foreign workers supply in malaysiaTee’s statements came following the announcement on Feb 19 by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the government had decided to suspend the recruitment of all foreign workers to Malaysia.

Urging employers to recruit local workers, Ahmad Zahid had said the freeze would allow the government to review the two-tier levy system for foreign workers, while existing illegal workers in Malaysia would be detained and deported.

The freeze came after some non-governmental organisations protested a reported intake of 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh over the next three years, which the government earlier said was to meet demands of industries.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem had clarified that the agreement inked with Bangladesh’s government would allow 1.5 million Bangladeshis registered to seek work overseas to find jobs in Malaysia — that it didn’t mean all 1.5 million of them will make their way to Malaysia.

Meanwhile, MBAM hopes to meet with Ahmad Zahid to voice the association’s concern about the sudden ban, and to offer some solutions. In MBAM’s estimation, 36% of construction workers are illegal foreign workers, 19% are legal, while the remaining 45% are locals.

“To be honest, we are caught in a dilemma. We use our resources to train these foreign workers and some of them are highly productive, so why send them back?”

“If more locals are interested to join the industry, and the process of getting legal foreign workers can be made more efficient, I believe the issue of illegal foreign workers can be significantly minimised,” said Tee.

Tee reiterated that MBAM supports the government’s effort to bring in more foreign workers, but opined that the country shouldn’t over-rely on one single source country — in this case Bangladesh — adding that the rehiring process should be made as efficient as possible.

“It should not be too much of a burden for employers and their workers in terms of time and money,” he said, adding that some contractors may resort to employing illegals to complete their projects on time and within budget.

As to the hike in foreign worker levy — originally meant to take place in February, but has since been deferred pending discussions with businesses after strong opposition to the move — Tee said the hike should be rescinded, as the new rates are not reflective of the current economic situation.

“Employers are already feeling the pinch from the weakening ringgit, implementation of goods and services tax, and the minimum wage policy. We think the 100% increase in levy [for construction sector] is just too much,” he said.

News Source: The Edge

Not Enough Malaysians To Fill Jobs Done By Foreigners

Malaysia will go bankrupt the day foreign workers are completely banned, says Malaysia Datuk Entrepreneurs’ Association president Datuk Chen Kim Hock.

“Furniture makers, goods manufacturers and plantation owners will have to close shop because there aren’t enough Malaysians who are willing to work with them,” he told reporters.

He said the government should not flip-flop on the issue when there was a dire need for workers to take up jobs that locals shun.

construction_5“I run a chain of motorcycle shops in Johor Baru and I am looking for clerks. It’s a clean job, they will work in an air conditioned office on normal office hours. It pays around RM1,500 to RM1,800 a month and yet I cannot find one,” Chen said.

“But these foreigners are willing to work for around RM900 to RM1,000 a month. The Goverment should think for us. Without foreign workers, all the factories will close down.”

He said Johor Baru faced its own unique problems.

“Because we are so close to Singapore, many Johor Baru residents would rather work across the Causeway where the strong Singapore dollar makes it worthwhile. So we will always face a shortage of workers here.”

JLand Group managing director Datuk Seri Edwin Tan, who was also present, said the Government should focus on creating proper guidelines if it was concerned about security issues surrounding foreign workers.

“We are involved in the construction of industrial parks and the foreign investors want us to help them recruit foreign workers for their factories,” Tan said.

“The moment we tell them no foreign workers are allowed in Malaysia, how would they react?”

News Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Malaysia Government Freezes Intake of Foreign Workers Including Bangladeshis

Putrajaya has put on hold recruitment of foreign workers from all source countries, including Bangladesh, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said, one day after signing a deal with Dhaka to send workers here.

Zahid’s announcement also comes hours after the human resources minister said not all of the 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers thought to be headed for Malaysia were meant for the country.

Datuk Seri Richard Riot had said the figure was merely the number of Bangladesh citizens registered with their government for employment.

Both the new levy system, which imposes a higher payment on employers using foreign workers, and the plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers have been criticised by employer groups and trade unions.

dpm_ahmad_zahid_hamidiZahid, who is also home minister, said employers were urged to hire locals instead and the recruitment of foreign labour would be deferred until the need arises.

Additionally, the government would also focus on re-hiring programmes for local workers while increasing enforcement on undocumented migrant labourers.

“Those existing foreign workers, especially whose working permits have expired or are without proper document, they are not allowed to work in Malaysia,” Zahid said after a function to meet army personnel at Camp Muara Tuang.

The plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers over three years was announced last year, but only recently did Zahid say that the figure was Bangladesh citizens who had registered with their government for work.

He had also defended the move saying locals did not want to do dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs (3D) and had challenged Malaysian youths to do so.

However, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) had pointed out that many Malaysians were working such jobs, but overseas, such as in Singapore, where the pay was better.

MTUC and MEF have long spoken against Malaysia’s over-reliance on foreign labour at the expense of training locals in skilled work, and over the high amount of remittances at around RM30 billion flowing out of the country.

The new levy system has also been a sore point for employers, who must pay RM2,500 per worker in the manufacturing, construction and services sector, and RM1,500 per worker in the plantation and agricultural sector.

Malaysia Government Freezes Intake of Foreign Workers Including Bangladeshis

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the Government has decided to suspend the recruitment of all foreign workers, including those from Bangladesh.  He said that at an event in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, on Friday.

News Sources: The Star & The Malaysia Insider

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