KDN shortens the period of hiring foreign workers – Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Home Affairs will shorten the application period for hiring foreign workers from the current 29 months 13 days to 15 months 23 days.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, said that the 46 percent reduction in the period was made in line with the government’s commitment to reduce the cost of bringing foreign workers into the country.

“Previously, this process took 29 months and 13 days. From quota application to admission.

“But today the results of our meeting agreed with the recommendation that we will shorten that period to 15 months and 23 days.

“The levy payment has a long period of 30 days, but when we look at the employer’s data, when he gets approval, almost 70 percent of employers pay within 15 days.

“Why do we need 30 days? So we shortened the period to 15 days,” he said at a press conference at the KDN Headquarters, here, today.

Earlier he chaired the 10th Joint Committee meeting between the Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister of Human Resources on the Management of Foreign Workers.

Also present were the Minister of Human Resources, Steven Sim; Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu; Health Minister, Datuk Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Public Works Minister, Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.

Saifuddin also said that the step to speed up the application process for hiring foreign workers is the government’s commitment to reduce the current bureaucracy.

“The Madani Government’s commitment to reduce the cost of bringing in foreign workers

“The government also wants to speed up the application process at all levels,

“When foreign workers are already in the country, their welfare (safety, salary, housing) is the priority and responsibility of our government,” he said.

When asked about the quota of foreign workers, Saifuddin said that the Cabinet has not made any new decisions regarding the matter.

“The status quo still remains (foreign employment quota). We don’t know when to open,” he said.

Previously, the media reported that the number of foreign workers in this country as many as 2.7 million already exceeded the Malaysian population of Indian descent which numbered 2 million people.

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