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Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by neville spykerman
Normal off-day: A foreign worker sleeping on a street in Kuala Lumpur while waiting for his friends to do some shopping.
PETALING JAYA: Foreign workers in Malaysia are generally contented and Sunday’s unrest involving immigrants in Singapore is unlikely to happen here, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.
He said there were government policies in place to ensure the welfare of foreign workers.
“So far, there has been no picketing which means they are happy,” said Riot after launching a portal by the Institute of Labour Market Information and Analysis (Ilmia).
The death of a foreign worker who was knocked down by a bus in Singapore’s Little India sparked off the riot involving hundreds of immigrants and left 27 injured.
Riot said the incidents involving foreign workers in Malaysia were mostly due to fighting among themselves and not connected to industrial action.
He said local employers were duty bound to provide conducive working and living environments to foreign workers.
“Regular checks are conducted by the authorities to ensure this is being done by employers,” he said, adding that the Cabinet had discussed issues pertaining to foreign workers extensively.
Earlier, Riot commended Ilmia for launching Malaysia’s first integrated labour market information portal.
“The portal is another milestone in the Government’s efforts to reform the country’s labour market, which is a critical factor in our all-out effort to become a high-income economy,” he said.
The portal provides key data, statistics and analyses and one of its main features is the Workforce Dashboard, which organises information in an easy to retrieve and read format.
“I urge policy makers, government and private agencies, employers, and trade unions to make use of the Ilmia portal,” said Riot.
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