TANGKAK: The Government is planning to introduce a comprehensive foreign worker management system to ensure they receive proper care and remuneration.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the system, when implemented, would resolve many issues related to foreign workers, including those who came illegally.
Speaking to reporters here, he said the Home Ministry with support from other ministries, including his, had started to conduct studies on the plan.
“Our aim is to have a management system for foreign workers and ensure they receive proper care, remuneration and other needs.
“The system will also identify those who enter the country without documents and work permits,” he said before launching the Tangkak Bell Youth Clubs donation drive on Sunday.
Dr Subramaniam said the system could help the Government determine the number of foreign workers needed in the country in specific sectors.
He said those who entered illegally but could not find employment would sometimes indulge in negative activities, including crime.
Dr Subramaniam also urged local government authorities to look into the living quarters of foreign workers to ensure they were clean.
“We don’t want the workers to live in dirty surroundings, which could cause health problems, especially dengue fever,” he said.
On the Tangkak Bell Youth Clubs donation drive, Dr Subramaniam said the club planned to buy a piece of land in town for a building.
The club already has about RM25,000 and needs about RM100,000 more to purchase the land.
SOURCE: THE STAR, Tuesday September 28, 2010