A fine of RM30,000 for every foreign worker

PLANTATION AND COMMODITY MINISTER Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani proposed that companies be fined up to RM30,000 for each foreign worker brought in who does not work after one month.

He said strict penalties would force companies to reconsider bringing in workers if they cannot guarantee employment.

Ideally, their compound is between RM20,000 and RM30,000 per employee. Suppose a company brings in workers and fails to hire them after a month, they should be fined multiplied by the number of workers, whether 500 or 1,000 people.

“We must ensure that this issue does not drag on, otherwise, every time we talk about Malaysia, it will be linked to forced labour.

“This tarnishes the image of our country, and important industries are affected by the lack of workers, such as in palm oil and rubber plantations,” he said at a press conference today after attending his ministry’s monthly assembly.

“If these workers are already here and there are no jobs, we need to quickly resolve the cause so that local companies can employ them.

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