Unemployed migrant worker issues to be resolved by year-end, says Hamzah

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Issues related to 200,000 unemployed migrant workers in the country who are registered under the Labour Recalibration programme will be resolved before the end of the year, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

He said the government had discussed their re-employment with several companies involved in recruiting foreign workers, including plantations.

"Priority will be given to foreigners who have registered and listed under the programme to get employment as they are already in the country.

"The new (intake) of foreign workers will take time, while these foreign workers (who are already in the country) have completed their vaccination and can start working two weeks from now.

"We will resolve the matter before the end of this year,” he told a press conference after officiating the handover ceremony of the Iskandar Puteri district police headquarters project here on Monday (Nov 29).

Also present were state public works, transport and infrastructure committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

Hamzah was asked about the status of job applications by about 200,000 foreign workers who applied for re-employment in the country.

On Nov 2, he was reported to have said that 212,926 foreigners and 11,751 employers had applied to participate in the Labour Recalibration Programme, covering several sectors including manufacturing, construction, agriculture and plantations.

Meanwhile, Hamzah said the government was in the midst of studying the request of private security companies in the country applying for permission to recruit workers from Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines, apart from Nepal.

He said that so far, 30,000 foreign workers out of 180,000 security guards working in the country were Nepalese, while the rest were locals.

"The quota remains at 80% local security guards and only 20% Nepalese, who have experience in security agencies.

"The issue now is to find replacements for some of the 30,000 Nepalese whose visas have expired,” he said.

"On the other hand, we want to prioritise the recruitment of locals as security guards because the position must be filled by individuals who have integrity and understand the country’s laws,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, Hamzah proposed that the Royal Malaysia Police set up a "talent scout team" to ensure that its recruitment of officers and personnel consists of the best candidates in the country.

"We want (to recruit) those who really want to be police, not those who see this career as a last resort.

"I am confident that, through this ‘talent scout’, recruitment can be improved, by taking into account the aspects of human capital involving soft skills, emotional intelligence and technological savvy,” he said. – Bernama

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