Thursday, December 18, 2014

MALAYSIA:::EXCLUSIVE: Ploy to hire foreigners revealed

KUALA LUMPUR : THE Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) revealed that many employers, mainly from private companies and small and medium enterprises, have not been following procedures set by the Human Resources Ministry.
MTUC president Mohd Khalid Atan said some factories had been found to be using the “advertise and interview” technique to get locals to fill in work application forms.
“Employers would advertise jobs as though they want locals workers but this is actually a ploy to get foreign workers.
“Many locals would come for the interview, fill in the application forms and hand in their resumes. These employers would carry out the interview as normal but would never offer them the jobs.”

Khalid said these employers would tell the ministry that they had offered the job but the locals did not turn up.
“They would use these documents as evidence that locals do not want to work in their sector. Employers manipulate the situation to get a support letter to hire foreigners,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.
“Usually, employers claim Malaysians do not want to work in hard labour sector. The ministry should take action to seek the truth and find a solution. We do not want Malaysia to be dependent on foreign workers.”
Khalid said the reason employers resort to such a scheme was for more profits.
He said foreigners usually to work more than 12 hours a day, even during holidays.
The Human Resources Ministry in previous reports, stated that employers needed to advertise job vacancies to locals first and if there were no takers in two weeks, they were allowed to apply for foreign help.
However, MTUC’s claims were contradicted by Malaysian Employers Federation secretary Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, who said it was impossible for employers to cheat their way into hiring foreigners.
He said employers must advertise in JobsMalaysia and put a banner in front of their premises or factories for job openings.
“The employers have to get a support letter from the Human Resources Ministry with express support from JobsMalaysia (previously known as Job Clearing System) and hand it to the Home Ministry for application to employforeign workers.”
On a related matter, Shamsuddin said employers may need to spend RM2.5 billion to recruit new foreign workers to replace the 500,000 sent home under the 6P programme.
The 6P programme, implemented in August 2011, gave temporary work passes to illegal foreign workers for two or three years, depending on their sectors.
Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers chief executive officer Dr Yeoh Oon Tean said they want foreign workers under the 6P programme to be rehired so they could be employed until they reached their maximum employment period of 10 years.
He said this was in view of the investment put in by employers to train and equip workers with the necessary skills for their job.

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