The approval of foreign workers is only allowed in the plantation sector

Bangi: The government only allows the approval of foreign workers in the plantation sector to cover about 40,000 total labor needs in the industry.

Plantation and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said that the permission needs to be coordinated with measures to tighten the recruitment of foreign workers entering the country.

He said that the decision was communicated to him by Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail after a recent meeting of the Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) to improve the management of foreign workers.

“As far as the December 2023 survey, we were informed that we will need 40,000 (foreign workers) but I was told that the recruitment of other sectors was stopped except for plantations.

So, any company involved needs to send an application to KSM whose committee is also joined by our ministry.

Before approval, our ministry will confirm the application because we have certain benchmarks and counts based on how large the farm is, how close the farm is located and how many workers there are and how many workers they lack.

“In fact, I am confident that KSM and KDN (Ministry of Home Affairs) will ensure that employers provide suitable accommodation for foreign workers who are brought in and continue to be placed in the plantation sector, not working in other industries,” he said.

He said this at a press conference after the MPOB Excellence Award Ceremony at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Headquarters, here today.

Commenting further, Johari said that the strict application is necessary as a step to resolve issues arising from foreign workers such as allegations of fraud, forced labor and human trafficking.

“The employee needs to be told what their real job is during the interview session and cannot involve borrowing money to come to this country, so any agent who commits this offense will be dealt with.

“Issues like this are important to address from time to time because indirectly the plantation industry will receive foreign workers who really want to work in this sector and not work in other sectors.

“This is also to protect the country’s image so that it is not categorized as a country that practices consequential issues such as accused of being involved in human trafficking or forced labor which causes our products to be banned from going abroad,” he said.

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