KSM is committed to improving the management of foreign workers – Steven Sim

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) is committed to speeding up improvements in the management and coordination aspects of policies involving foreign workers to ensure they are more effective.

The minister in question, Steven Sim Chee Keong, said the matter would be decided at a meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) on 16 January.

“The role of KSM is very clear and has been certified by KDN, to control or manage the statistics of the number of foreign workers allowed in the country as well as issues of employment, residence and workers’ rights (foreigners),” he said.

He said this to reporters after making a working visit for the first time to Wisma Cuepacs here and meeting with the Union Congress of Public Service Employees (Cuepacs) today.

At today’s meeting, Sim said that among the things that will be detailed in the joint meeting with the Ministry of Interior next week is efforts to improve any gaps and coordinate the policies of the two ministries so that the issue of foreign workers is better managed.

Last Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said a meeting with KSM will be held on 16 January to formulate a formula for the management of foreign workers so that its implementation is more effective.

Commenting on the allegation that more than 500,000 foreign workers are unemployed in the country, Sim said his party took an open stance on the allegation by the National Organization of Private Service Agencies Malaysia (PAPSMA).

“I ask the relevant parties to make an official report so that we can take action (regarding the allegations),” he said in commenting on the allegations presented by PAPSMA Secretary General Dr Sukumaran Nair.

Meanwhile, Cuepacs President Datuk Adnan Mat said the Human Resources Minister’s visit today reflected his principle and determination to always be with the workers.

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