TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

27 September 2010

COMPREHENSIVE FORIGN WORKERS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN THE WORKS

By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH

TANGKAK: The Government is planning to introduce a comprehensive foreign workers management system to ensure they receive proper care, remunerations, and other needs in the country.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the system, when implemented, would also resolve many issues related to foreign workers, including those who come illegally.

Speaking to reporters here, he said the Home Ministry, with support from other ministries, including his ministry, had started to conduct studies on the plan.

“Our aim is to provide a management system on the foreign workers and to ensure they receive proper care and remuneration.

“At the same time, 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 it was important for such a system to be implemented as it could help the Government to determine the number of foreign workers needed in the country.

He said the Government would know which sectors needed workers and how many were needed, adding that, this would flush out those working illegally in the country.

He said that those who entered illegally but found no employment had caused problems as they sometimes turned to negative activities, including crime.

He said their large number also caused difficulty for industries that needed foreign workers but could not find sufficient number of workers.

He said the management system, when implemented, would provide a long-term measure to resolve issues related to foreign workers in the country.

Dr Subramaniam also urged the local government authorities to look into the living quarters for foreign workers to ensure their living areas were clean and healthy.

“We don’t want the workers to live in dirty surroundings, which can 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 plot in the town and build a building.

The club already has about RM25,000 and needs about RM100,000 more to purchase the plot.

SOURCE: THE STAR, Monday September 27, 2010

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