Ministry to study MACC’s foreign worker proposal


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry will consider the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) suggestion for the hiring of foreign workers to be handled by the Human Resources Ministry.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) said the proposal, which was mooted by MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya, will be looked into to see if there are merits to it.

“We respect MACC’s view on the matter and we will study the proposal.

“However, as we all know, all foreigners who enter this country, whether for work or travel, will have to go through our entry points. If they want to work, they will have to first be admitted into our country according to existing requirements.

“Once they have entered the country and have received a work permit, only then are they subject to laws governed by the Human Resources Ministry,” he said after attending the Immigration Department Day celebrations here yesterday.

“But if they go against these rules then the Immigration Department has the authority to arrest them. It has been this way all this while.”

Recently, Latheefa suggested that the handling of foreign workers should be assigned to the Human Resources Ministry as it is better positioned to know the needs of the industries that require the workers.

On a recent case which saw over 600 China nationals arrested over an alleged online scam syndicate, Muhyiddin said he has spoken to his Chinese counterpart during a bilateral meeting in Bangkok.

“I have brought up this matter to China and they have expressed their willingness to assist Malaysia in solving this matter.

“These people enter Malaysia using valid social visit passes, and we cannot just nab people with the assumption that they are in the country to commit unlawful activities. But through our enforcement efforts, we are able to put a stop to these activities.

“Perhaps China could advise their own citizens not to undertake such activities before they come to Malaysia as it would only give a bad image to their country,” he said.

On another matter, Muhyiddin said starting Jan 1, employers will be able to perform temporary foreign worker permit (PLKS) renewals online with the launch of the ePLKS@JIM system.

“With this new facility, employers will be dealing directly with the Immigration Department. This will speed up the renewal process as there is no dealing with a middleman or vendor,” he said.

He added that the online service is free and that employers only need to pay the levy and visa as they would with a normal PLKS renewal.

Also present at the press conference were Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Jamil Rakon and Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai welcomed the introduction of ePLKS@JIM, saying that employers were looking forward to a more efficient system.

“An online system managed directly by the authorities would remove unnecessary costs, especially rent-seeking activities.

“The online system would also reduce discretionary approvals and inconsistencies in decision-making as well as ensure reliability and consistency in information and communication,” said Soh.

He said FMM was looking forward to more detailed information and also for the entire foreign worker management system to be managed under one single online system.“This will remove duplication of processes, procedures and records, allow easy tracking and monitoring of processing and payment, and create a centralised foreign worker database,” he said.
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