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LABUAN: All foreign workers will have to be vetted for health problems and criminal records before they are allowed to work in Malaysia.
“We will vet each and every foreign worker before they can be allowed to work in our country,” said Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot.
He said various ministries, headed by the Human Resources and Home ministries, will work closely to deal with the inflow of foreign workers.
“We do not want our country to be flooded by foreign workers with health problems and criminal records,” he said after presenting certificates to graduates of the Industrial Training Institute here Sunday.
In this respect, he said Malaysia had decided to have close cooperation through government-to-government programmes to ensure foreign workers are healthy and law-abiding people.
Riot said the vetting process, on health status in particular, would take effect immediately.
Officials from the Human Resources and Home ministries had gone to Bangladesh for the purpose.
“We cannot afford to have foreign workers with contagious diseases and criminal records and I do want to mention those with HIV,” he said.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam was reported to have said overcrowding of foreign workers was among the causes of tuberculosis (TB) detected in the country.
The disease has risen to 18,000 cases in 2010, up from 16,000 cases in 2008.
In 2011, there were 20,000 cases reported with 1,600 fatalities. About 13% of the TB patients were foreign workers.
Dr Subramaniam said any foreigner wishing to work here had to undergo two health screenings, one in the country of origin and one in Malaysia.
Those who passed the screening in their home country but failed the test here will be repatriated. - Bernama
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