Quota freeze recommendation, blacklist of foreign worker quota scam companies

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is advised to take firm action by freezing quotas and blacklisting companies found to be involved in foreign worker quota fraud.

That is one of the recommendations put forward by the Co-Chairman of the Migrant Affairs, Refugees and Immigration Committee of the Bar Council, Datuk Ser M Ramachelvam.

The statement was in response to the strong action of the Minister of Human Resources, Steven Sim Chee Keong regarding the foreign worker quota fraud.

In addition to the employers and agents involved, Ramachelvam also urged the government to take action against the directors and shareholders of the company he described as ‘misguided’.

He said that the move was necessary to punish the parties involved in all stages of the fraud involved.

“Foreign worker quotas are reviewed where the procedures need to be tightened, including conducting a visit to the premises where the foreign worker recruitment company operates to ensure that it is legal and that there are jobs available.

“This government decision will be an obstacle for employers to ensure that they do not abuse the quota for the approval of foreign workers.

“It is also to ensure that employers do not abuse the quota to outsource foreign workers into the country.

“Praise should be given to the Minister of Human Resources for adopting a new policy to prevent the recurrence of fraud involving foreigners arriving in Malaysia without the availability of employment,” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday, the Johor State Department of Labor completed 13 investigation papers regarding the issue of cheating foreign workers in Pengerang, Johor recently.

According to Chee Keong, the investigation papers were opened for violating the Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodation and Employee Facilities Act 1990 [Act 446].

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