Employers are given three months to transfer foreign workers to CLQ

Seremban: The government has given employers a period of three months to transfer workers to the Centralized Worker Lodging Center (CLQ) established throughout the state. The order is for those who are occupying illegal or undocumented accommodations.

The chairman of the state’s Human Resources Committee, S Veerapan, said there are a total of 25 CLQs in Negeri Sembilan that can accommodate 8,349 workers.

“The latest records from the Negeri Sembilan Manpower Department found that there are still 3,751 vacancies at the centre.

“So, employers have no reason not to place employed foreign workers to stay at CLQ to ensure their comfort,” he said when met after Ops Gegar by the Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department (JTKSM) involving a company in the Sungai Gadut Senawang Industrial Area, yesterday.

The operation involved the cooperation of the Negeri Sembilan Malaysian Immigration Department (JIMNS), the police and the Seremban City Council (MBS) led by JTKSM Director General Kamal Pardi.

Veerapan said JKTNS will take appropriate action against employers who refuse to do so because the state government wants issues involving various offenses in accordance with the Work Act 1955, the Minimum Standard Housing, Accommodation and Employee Facilities Act 1990 (Act 446) as well as the Minimum Wage Order under the Consultative Council Act National Salary 2011 addressed and resolved.

Employers are obliged to provide conducive accommodation for workers, whether foreign or local, and they must obtain the approval of the Accommodation Certificate from JTK and the local authority (PBT).

“We need to take firm action against employers who fail to fulfill this responsibility,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director of JTKNS, Roslan Bahari, said that the department’s firm action was not only related to Act 446 issues, but also because of its concern over the recent increase in rat urine disease cases.

He said that his party had been informed by the Seremban District Health Office (PKDS) regarding the increase in cases of the disease.

“We fear that due to the condition of the dirty, rotten, unmaintained workers’ dormitories like this, it may cause the spread of rat urine disease.

“If the rubbish is kicked and the kitchen is not cleaned, of course it can cause rats to breed,” he said.

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