KUALA LUMPUR: All construction companies are required to register their foreign workers with the Construction Labour Exchange Centre Berhad (CLAB) for the streamlining of data and redistribution of skilled legal foreign workers in the industry.
CLAB chairman Datuk Paduka Husainay Hashim said in a statement the organisation’s role was to accept information on foreign construction labour from companies that wanted to offload workers and matched them with companies that wanted to engage such workers.
“This will ensure the existence of a large pool of registered legal and experienced workers with various skills and trade within the construction industry,” said Husainay, adding that it would provide a win-win situation for the legal skilled workers, the industry, economy and the Government.
He also said foreign construction workers who had acquired skills could be retained in the country instead of bringing in new unskilled workers.
Husainay said that CLAB, which is a non-profit organisation, was established by the Construction Industry Development Board following a decision by the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Workers in January 2003.
“The role of CLAB will also become more crucial with the recent tough stand taken by the Government to come down hard on illegal foreign workers and their employers to ensure only legal workers are allowed to work on a need basis in this country,'' he added.
He said CLAB, launched by the Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu on Jan 18, had a board of directors and an advisory council comprising representatives from the Government and key construction industry players.
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