KUALA LUMPUR: Nepal is hoping that Malaysia’s move to create a single system of hiring foreign workers will also smoothen the way for Malaysia to receive workers from Nepal, says its Charge d’affairs A.I. Kumar Raj Kharel.
He believed this can be expedited when his country signs a proposed memorandum of understanding with Malaysia on hiring Nepalese workers.
“We are satisfied with the progress we have made so far through various discussions between our side and Malaysia, and we hope the matter can be resolved soon,” he said in an interview.
It was earlier reported that Malaysia will create a single system to hire foreign workers without differentiating the source country.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said previously only 10 agents were allowed to process Bangladeshi workers’ applications.
This has resulted in a monopolistic situation with some agents charging as high as RM20,000.
“So, we want to open up to all agents there to allow competition,” Dr Mahathir said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Association of Suppliers and Employees Management of Foreign Workers (Tekam) wants to partner the government in finding solutions and supplementing its efforts in the recruitment of foreign workers.
In welcoming the government’s announcement on creating the new system, Tekam president Datuk Megat Fairouz Junaidi Megat Junid said the association is also prepared to help make it successful – from the point of entry to the point of exit of legal and trained foreign workers.
“Tekam supports the new government’s policy of reducing dependency on foreign labour and we are ready to complement and enhance this new initiative in order to achieve its objectives,” he said in a statement.
Formed in 2006, Tekam now has 149 members comprising outsourcing companies that are licensed and monitored by the Human Resources and Home ministries.
“However, since 2010, these companies were not allowed to manage the inflow of foreign workers without any official notice from the previous government. This forced many of our members to close their business,” said Megat Fairouz.
He said the association had the expertise, capability and experience to improve and complement the government’s efforts in resolving the issue of illegal foreign workers through the initiative planned.
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