NSC tells ministries to jointly resolve foreign workers’ housing issue


KUALA LUMPUR: The National Security Council (NSC) has requested several ministries work together to resolve issues surrounding accommodations for foreign workers, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof (pic).

The decision comes in light of the spread of Covid-19 among foreign workers, particularly among those housed in workers’ quarters at construction sites.

"The NSC held a special meeting on Wednesday (Nov 18) night and among others, agreed that the Housing and Local Government Ministry and Human Resources Ministry draft a comprehensive plan for foreign workers housing, accommodation and facilities," he said when answering a question by Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (PH-Ledang) in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Nov 19).

On preventing the spread of the virus among foreign workers in construction sites, Mohd Redzuan said that immediate action will be taken to address the issue, particularly in Covid-19 red zones.

Among the measures, he said, was the screening of foreign workers and enforcement of the SOP (standard operating procedure) related to Covid-19.

He also said that enforcement of the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act is crucial in ensuring workers’ accommodations and facilities are provided by employers.

The Act came into force on Sept 1 this year and requires employers to obtain a certificate of accommodation from the Labour Department of Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM).

Concerns over spread of Covid-19 among foreign workers were highlighted recently when 460 out of 469 cases on Sunday (Nov 16) in Kuala Lumpur were traced to the Damalela construction site cluster.

On Monday (Nov 19), glove maker Top Glove recorded 214 cases at its workers' hostel.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

100% readers found this article insightful

Next In Nation

New environmental issues in the new norm, says PM at Hibiscus Awards
Tapir wanders into school in Kuantan as students sit for SPM paper
Cops nab four over armed robbery at shop selling luxury items
No open houses and visits, Sabahans celebrating Chap Goh Meh reminded
Malaysia to receive Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday (Feb 27)
Health Ministry: 18 Covid-19 clusters end, eight new ones emerge
MCO violators face up to RM10,000 fine under amended Emergency Ordinance from March 11
Dams and parks under Penang Water Supply Corp to reopen from Friday
JB workshop raided for selling gas cylinders without a licence
Upko welcomes King's advice for Parliament to sit during Emergency

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers