‘Em­ploy­ers must toe the line when hir­ing for­eign­ers’

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KUCH­ING: Com­pa­nies hir­ing for­eign work­ers need to ad­here to im­mi­gra­tion rul­ings en­forced by the gov­ern­ment.

In point­ing this out, Minister ofIn­dus­trial and En­tre­pre­neur Devel­op­ment, Trade and In­vest­ment Datuk Amar Awang Ten­gah Ali Hasan said the Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment had to en­force its rul­ings to en­sure no for­eign­ers were mis­us­ing their so­cial visit pass. Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing Mara Ed­u­ca­tion Car­ni­val at Hills Shop­ping Mall yes­ter­day, Awang Ten­gah said the state recog­nised the need, es­pe­cially in cer­tain sec­tors, to em­ploy for­eign work­ers.

“How­ever, we do not want our state to be swarmed by il­le­gal work­ers and this has got to stop.”

He said that in view of this fact, lo­cals need to step up and fill the va­can­cies so em­ploy­ers will not need to hire out­siders for the job.

“We need to strengthen our hu­man cap­i­tal to en­sure that we will not rely solely on for­eign man­power,” he added.

He also said that there was no de­nial that there is a con­tin­u­ous need for work­ers es­pe­cially in cer­tain sec­tors and what is needed is for rules to be fol­lowed.

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