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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 Cabinet Agrees To Postpone Levy Payment On Foreign Workers To Next Year

The Cabinet has agreed to postpone to next year, the implementation of levy payment on Malaysia foreign workers by employers, which will be enforced under the Employer Mandatory Commitment (EMC). Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the Cabinet today, had also agreed to look into a proper ecosystem, aimed at providing convenience to industries in hiring foreign workers, and to ensure the country’s economic growth.

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Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

He said the decision was made after a presentation by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low who gave the overall picture pertaining to the EMC.

“It is not just on levy, but on the rights of the employer to have direct access towards the workers, rather than going through a middle man, how to cut down bureaucracy procedures and how to have fast employment of foreign workers.

“At the meeting, we also voiced out the need to regulate employment of foreign workers and ensure it can support our economic growth, without giving problem to our social issues,” he told reporters here today.

On Dec 31, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also home minister, had announced employers would be responsible for paying the levy of their foreign workers which would be enforced under the EMC.

Under the scheme, the employers would be disallowed from deducting the levy from the wages of their workers.

Yesterday, construction industry players wanted the EMC to be scrapped as it did not benefit the country.

Liow said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had agreed to look into these matter personally and would coordinate with the home ministry and human resources ministry to “take care of whatever hiccups” to resolve the issue.

“The Cabinet is clear that our foreign worker policy must be vibrant and able to solve the present shortage of foreign workers in the country,” he said, adding the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Workers would meet soon.

News Source: TheSun

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DPM: Malaysia Employers Themselves Have To Pay Foreign Worker Levy From Jan 1 2017

Employers will be responsible for paying the levy of their Malaysia foreign workers effective tomorrow, Jan 1, 2017, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He said this was enforced under the Employer Mandatory Commitment (EMC) and the employers would be disallowed from deducting the levy from the wages of their workers.

ahmad_zahid_hamidiAhmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the EMC was to ensure that employers were fully responsible for their workers from the time of their appointment to the time they returned to their countries.

He said in a statement that this change in policy would ensure that employers were more responsible in taking care of their workers and avert cases of foreign workers running way, changing sectors of work illegally, and overstaying and becoming illegal immigrants.

Ahmad Zahid said employers should also abide by the Guidelines on the Minimum Standard of Foreign Workers Accommodation whereby the workers would stay in accommodation provided by the employers.

The minister also said that the government would soon introduce a Letter of Undertaking that outlines the responsibilities and conditions that every employer of foreign workers would have to observe.

He said the government was also reviewing the rate of security deposit imposed on employers who brought in foreign workers.

“The existing rate was too low and ineffective as a preventive measure to ensure that employers sent back their foreign workers to their countries of origin upon termination of their contracts,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said the recruitment of foreign workers was a privilege granted to employers to meet the manpower needs of industries and help national economic growth.

However, he said, there were employers who were not responsible for the workers they brought in and violated the provisions in the law and regulations.

Ahmad Zahid said the government had received reports that employers did not pay wages in accordance with the minimum wage, restricted the movement of foreign workers and kept their passports.

“There were instances where foreign workers ran away and the employers washed their hands of the matter and left it to the Immigration Department, police and other agencies to locate and send back the workers,” he said.

Such incidents gave room to irresponsible people to indulge in human trafficking,” he added.

Malaysia Foreign Workers News Source: MalaysiaKini.com

Updates: Malaysia Cabinet Agrees To Postpone Levy Payment On Foreign Workers To Next Year

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Malaysia Cabinet Nod For Yearly Foreign Worker Health Check

Some 1.9 million registered Malaysia foreign workers will have to undergo annual health screening from now on. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the Cabinet has approved the new policy on health screening of foreign workers.

“We have approved annual health screening for foreign workers in Malaysia from now,” he told reporters after opening the Fruits and Vegetables Eating Campaign at Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism 2016 (MAHA 2016) here Tuesday.

However, Dr Subramaniam said the policy only affects legal and registered foreign workers.

He said the screening would cover several types of communicable diseases.

He added that the problem of tackling unscreened and illegal foreign workers was not solely the responsibility of the Health Ministry but one that needed a multi-agency approach.

He noted that Sabah was concerned that the influx of illegal workers had resulted in a rise in tuberculosis cases.

At present, foreign workers are screened in their own country before arriving here and again screened three times over the first three years.

Up to 3% of the foreign worker population, or about 60,000 of them, could be medically unfit.

Related Foreign workers news: Bangladesh To Send New Foreign Workers To Malaysia

News source: TheStar

 

 

 

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Ensure Malaysia Foreign Workers Carry Health Card

Besides compelling Malaysia foreign workers to undergo annual medical check-up (fomema), they should also be made to carry a special health card, stating that they had done so.

In proposing this, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said drastic action must be implemented to combat the spread of communicable diseases effectively.

“The authorities have been fighting hard to eliminate certain contagious diseases for decades but these are now coming back.

“One of the reasons is because we have a high number of foreign workers who come from countries with high prevalence of diseases such as cholera, tuberculosis and malaria,” he said.

Mohamad said several new cases of malaria were reported in Jelebu recently and these could be attributed to the presence of foreign wor­kers there.

He commended the Health Ministry for reintroducing a policy which made it compulsory for foreign workers to undergo annual health checks.

“We are fully supportive of the move and hope it can be implemented quickly,” he said, adding that since all documented foreign wor­kers were already required to carry the I-Kad, information on their health status should also be incorporated into it.

“The holder’s health information can be updated annually in the card as it has high technology features,” he said.

Mohamad said the authorities must take stern action against employers who refused to send their foreign workers for the check-up, including blacklisting them and ha­­ving their workers deported.

In Ipoh, state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said certain industries facing shortage of foreign workers would resort to hiring illegal foreigners.

“These workers not only pose potential health hazard to them (employers) but also to the nation.

“Employers must strive to get workers using the proper channels,” he said.

On the other hand, Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil commented Malaysia foreign workers with communicable diseases will be deported.

News source: Thestar

 

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Malaysia Foreign Workers With Communicable Diseases Will Be Deported

“We have been having stringent procedures for the screening of these communicable diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), malaria, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis for the new intake of foreign workers into Malaysia. And if they are found to be infected with HIV/AIDS, syphilis and hepatitis, they will be deported to their country of origin,” Dr Jerip

Malaysia foreign workers who contracted HIV/AIDS, syphilis and hepatitis will be deported to their countries of origin, said Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

At the same time, the state Health Department will continue to impose stringent health procedures for these and other communicable diseases on new intake of foreign workers before they are allowed to work in various sectors in the state, he added.

“We have been having stringent procedures for the screening of these communicable diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), malaria, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis for the new intake of foreign workers. And if they are found to be infected with HIV/AIDS, syphilis and hepatitis, they will be deported to their country of origin,” Dr Jerip told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

He, however, said those found to be carriers of malaria and TB would be treated locally and segregated.

“We have to be on high alert as the cases of both malaria and TB have been on the rise. So we need the cooperation of everyone to ensure that the diseases could be contained and controlled,” he pointed out.

Dr Jerip also stressed that local employers must send their foreign workers for health screening on a yearly basis.

“As most of these foreign workers are employed in the plantations, many plantation owners have set up their own health facilities to provide healthcare for them. On top of that, they also provide basic healthcare services to the local community as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR),” said Dr Jerip.

On a related issue, Dr Jerip called for a multi-agency approach in tackling these deadly infectious diseases.

“To tackle deadly infectious diseases such as TB, Hepatitis B, AIDS and even malaria, there is a need for concerted efforts by all relevant agencies such as Health Department, Immigration Department, Police, Rela, the local elected representatives and the village development and security committees (JKKKs) to be involved and assist the government in tackling this menace.

“Everyone in our society must be involved in one way or another in addressing these deadly infectious diseases from getting out of control,” he said.

Most of the illegal workers are employed in plantations, construction industry, factories and some as housemaids.

Dr Jerip was commenting on news report that the Health Ministry now wanted annual health checks, which was previously mandatory, to be reinstated on foreign workers due to increasing number of them seeking treatment for chronic ailments.

It has been estimated that up to three per cent (60,000) of foreign workers in Malaysia could be medically unfit.

Presently, foreign workers are required to undergo medical check-ups (fomema) three times over a period of three years. Besides being screened first in their countries, it is compulsory for them to undergo a medical examination within a month upon arrival here.

They must then get another thorough health check before their annual permit can be renewed.

Malaysia Foreign Workers News Source: The Borneo Post

 

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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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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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