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Make it easier for bosses to hire foreign workers, DAP MP tells govt

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 1/8/2022 Dineskumar Ragu
Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham says he has received complaints from employers in Ipoh about bureaucratic practices that make life difficult for them. © Provided by Free Malaysia Today Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham says he has received complaints from employers in Ipoh about bureaucratic practices that make life difficult for them.

KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP MP has urged the human resources and home ministries to simplify the migrant worker recruitment process to ease the burden of employers.

Beruas MP Ngeh Khoo Ham said the human resources ministry should improve the foreign worker application system by doing away with the interview process which was redundant.

“The ministry requires applications made by chicken farmers to be approved by the veterinary department,” he told reporters at the Dewan Rakyat.

“Why is there a need then for the employers to be interviewed as the department has confirmed the number of foreign workers needed for the poultry sector?

“The same goes for the palm oil, rubber and agriculture sectors. The ministry knows the number of workers needed by these sectors from the research it has conducted.”

Ngeh Koo Ham. © Provided by Free Malaysia Today Ngeh Koo Ham.

Ngeh also questioned why the home ministry could not allow the employers’ levy payments to be made online, saying it was burdensome for those living in other states to go to Putrajaya to settle the payment.

He called on its minister, Hamzah Zainudin, to allow employers to settle any matters related to the recruitment of foreign workers at any immigration office in the country.

He said he had received complaints from employers in Ipoh that home ministry officials in the state office were asking them to provide “unnecessary” documents that were not in the list of papers that applicants needed to prepare.

“There are some officials asking for certified copies of documents while others ask for the original copies.

“Those who want to make amendments to the details in their application forms, such as the company address, contact numbers and names of directors, are being asked to go all the way to the home ministry to make amendments.

“There was a case where an employer went to Putrajaya, only to be told to go back to the ministry’s office in Ipoh,” he said.

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