No more special quota for the recruitment of foreign workers — Minister of the Interior

According to Hamzah, if the quota system is not enforced and recruitment can be done freely, foreign workers would simply enter the country without meeting the set conditions and criteria, leading to various welfare issues. (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

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LARUT (January 22): No more special quotas will be granted for the recruitment of foreign workers in the country, said Interior Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

He noted that each application from employers must now go through the ministry’s assessment committee to determine the number of foreign workers eligible to be employed under the established terms and conditions.

“Whatever people say, know that any employer who needs to hire foreign workers must obtain the approval of the committee according to the law.

“Take the plantation sector for example, you need to know the quota of foreign workers and how many are eligible. Let’s say there should be 1,000 workers, but because there isn’t enough housing, you can probably only get 400.

“To get the extra workers you requested, you need to submit another request to the Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) or come to us for a review as the process is stricter than before,” he said. after a meeting. -popular session at Kampung Tapah, Sungai Bayur near Selama on Saturday 22nd January.

Hamzah was commenting on the appeal by the Secretary General of the National Association of Private Employment Agencies Malaysia (PAPSMA), Dr Sukumaran Nair, to the government to abolish the “special approval” granted to certain parties to have the monopoly on the entry of foreign workers into the country. to prevent the unions from bringing in an excessive number.

The Minister of Interior said that if the quota system was not applied and recruitment could be carried out freely, foreign workers would simply enter the country without respecting the established conditions and criteria, which would lead to various problems of well-being.

Previously, employers had to deal with the employment of foreign workers through the Home Office, but currently all such matters can be dealt with through the KSM to ensure uniformity of policies and procedures. procedures for the employment of foreign workers.

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