Provide classes for foreign workers, employers urged

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Oct 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Employers are urged to provide language and cultural classes for new foreign workers within the first few weeks of their arrival in the country. 

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said this was important to avoid misunderstanding among foreign workers which had led to several incidents of fights among them.  

“It is up to the employers whether these classes are compulsory or not but it is definitely better if these workers can understand the culture and the languages spoken here, be it English or Bahasa Malaysia,” he told reporters after presenting scrolls to undergraduates in the first session of the Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College convocation yesterday. 

He was asked to comment on recent fights among different nationals of foreign workers caused by misunderstanding of their respective cultures.  

Dr Fong said he was leaving for Pakistan and Bangladesh today to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the respective governments in hiring workers from their country.  

He would also visit Uzbekistan to brief the government on hiring workers for Malaysia. 

Dr Fong said TAR College which had provided many skilled workers, would also focus on other new areas such as fashion design and logistics. 

Earlier in his speech, Dr Fong said even though the college had achieved tremendous success, it would not rest on its laurels. 

“Courses are constantly being monitored and reviewed while new ones are introduced in keeping with the requests of industry and the latest developments,'' he said.  

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