Foreign worker applications for three subsectors to open Oct 10

PUTRAJAYA: The application for new foreign workers for barbershops, textile and goldsmith stores will begin on Oct 10, says Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar.

This was after the Cabinet agreed on Sept 8 to reopen the intake of foreign workers for the three subsectors, with a quota of 7,500 workers.

“We already have 5,000 foreign workers in these three subsectors, so there will be space for 2,500 left to fill.

“The applications will be open until the quota is fully filled, and then, we won’t accept any more applications,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

As for the terms and conditions involved, Sivakumar said employers of the three subsectors must first register with the Indian commerce association.

He added that barbershops with three chairs must have two foreign workers and one local worker, as well as a Malaysian Skills Certificate.

“They can work a maximum of 13 years and must go back thereafter.

“We will make sure these applications will be approved as quickly as possible,” he added.

Sivakumar also encouraged locals to work for the three subsectors by joining technical and vocational education and training programmes.

On Sept 4, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced that the recruitment of foreign workers for the three subsectors will reopen after being frozen since 2009.

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