Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) wants migrant workers to pay the same rate as local workers for public healthcare. Differential treatment of workers impacts on worker solidarity, and can be perceived as ‘union busting.
It is most disturbing to find out that migrant workers are also required to pay a deposit of RM600 before they be warded in a public hospital, and a deposit of RM1,200 if they are being warded for surgery or for child birth. When the monthly minimum wage in Peninsular Malaysia is RM900, and RM800 in Sabah and Sarawak, how could anyone reasonably believe that a migrant workers will be able to afford to pay such outrageous deposits before they can be hospitalised and receive required healthcare.
Malaysia may want to have a different rate for foreigners using public healthcare facilities and services but this should definitely not include migrant workers.
Migrant workers come to work in Malaysia because employers in Malaysia require workers, and the Malaysian government wants them to come. Migrant workers, usually coming from poorer countries, come here to earn monies for themselves and their families/dependents back home.