The independent committee set up by the Cabinet last August to streamline policies on foreign workers will present its report on Thursday, says Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.
“There will be a meeting on this attended by Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, stakeholders, a few members of the Cabinet and myself on Thursday,” he said after a dialogue session with the Malaysian Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), here, today.
“We are hopeful of finding the most feasible solutions to issues which affect foreign workers and policies related to their employment in the country through the report,” he said.
The Special Committee on Foreign Worker Management is headed by former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Yunus.
Kulasegaran said the committee was given the responsibility to get the views of all quarters in each state and present its findings to the Cabinet.
Kulasegaran said the country’s foreign workers recruitment policy would be discussed at the upcoming meeting.
“At the moment, there are two ministries handling foreign workers issues.
“We are hoping to streamline this under one roof, or one ministry,” he said, referring to his ministry and the Home Affairs Ministry.
Kula said FMM had proposed that a single end-to-end online processing and approval system be created for foreign workers and suggested the removal of third party service providers or agents.
“FMM suggested that when there is less human interaction there are also fewer chances for corruption to take place, which is quite true.
“They also called for the implementation of a market based levy or multi-tier levy mechanism similar to the one used in Singapore.” Kulasegaran said the system would not only benefit employers, but also help to control the influx of foreigners into the country.
It was reported last October that the final report would include suggestions for hiring foreign workers as well as recommendations to prevent disrupted work flow, and ensure reasonable salaries and protection for foreign workers while they were employed here. – nst