PETALING JAYA: Both the Human Resources and Home ministries are involved in the management of foreign workers, but each has their respective roles and responsibilities.
The Home Ministry said this following a report in a Malay daily on Monday (July 8) on the surplus of Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia whereby Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran was quoted as saying that the issue was not under his Ministry, but under the Home Ministry.
"The Human Resources Ministry is responsible for drafting policies relating to the country's manpower, including the industry's needs and projection of foreign workers.
"Meanwhile, the Home Ministry coordinates the application of foreign workers via the Ministry's One-Stop Centre (OSC) and preserves public safety and peace as well as manages immigration affairs," the Home Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday (July 10).
The Home Ministry said before the application by employers to hire foreign workers could be considered by its OSC, the employer has to first submit the application online via ePPAx, which is under the Human Resources Ministry's Labour Department.
Only law-abiding employers who can prove that they have failed to fill their job vacancies with local talents will have their application to hire foreign workers supported by the Labour Department.
"The Labour Department is responsible for reviewing the employer's qualifications to employ foreign workers by checking the employer's compliance of any labour laws.
"Employers who are found to have committed any offence under the labour laws including social security, will not be permitted to hire foreign workers," said the Home Ministry.
It added that the Home Ministry, through the police and the Immigration Department, continued to be committed to combat the issue of illegal foreign workers through integrated enforcement operations.
On Monday (July 8), Kulasegaran said that his Ministry had nothing to do with the surplus of foreign workers, including Bangladeshis, in this country.
"Many people don't understand. The Human Resources Ministry does not process people (foreign workers).
"The one that makes the decision to allow, reduce, increase or not permit foreign workers (from working in this country) is the Home Ministry.
"It is not under my Ministry," he was quoted as saying.