Multi-lingual app to help workers expose errant employers

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resource Ministry will introduce a new application that will enable two-way communication between the government and local and foreign workers.

Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said the application, expected to be launched on Jan 11, would give workers the opportunity to inform the government about errant employers neglecting their (workers) welfare.

“Workers do not have direct access to the government (to complain or inform). With this new application, (for example) when employers do not provide comfortable accommodation according to Act 446 or do not follow health standard operating procedures (SOP), employees can get in touch with the government and their identities will be protected. (The Act refers to the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act.)“We will engage directly with the workers regardless whether they are locals or foreigners.

“The application is a platform to lodge complaints and give information that will help the Labour Department to take action in the event of oppression, ” he said after presenting the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) education loan cheques to 301 recipients here yesterday.

According to him, the multi-lingual application aims to help local and foreign workers to channel information directly to the government.

Saravanan also reiterated that the government would not compromise with errant employers who neglect the welfare of their employees.

“At the same time, the ministry wants to encourage employers to be more responsible on their workers well-being, ” he said, adding that it wanted to improve its standing on the International Labour Organisation’s index on labour exploitation.

Regarding media reports that a factory in Klang allegedly transferred its workers to a hotel before a raid, Saravanan said: “Cheating is not a solution and employers should not take the opportunity to find an easy way out.” — Bernama

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