Com­pa­nies that do not pri­ori­tise hir­ing lo­cals may lose out on govt projects – Ku­lasegaran

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KUCH­ING: The Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources ( MoHR) is con­sid­er­ing not grant­ing govern­ment projects to cor­po­ra­tions that do not pri­ori­tise lo­cals over for­eign labour when it comes to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Min­is­ter M. Ku­lasegaran said such con­sid­er­a­tion of a new pol­icy aimed to de­fend the wel­fare and ben­e­fits of Malaysians.

He con­ceded that the na­tion is presently fac­ing se­vere prob­lems re­lated to for­eign labour, say­ing his min­istry would not hes­i­tate to make it manda­tory for cor­po­ra­tions to re­cruit lo­cals, if need be.

“MoHR is in dis­cus­sion with other rel­e­vant de­part­ments and agen­cies to look into the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing this new pol­icy,” he said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with The Bor­neo Post’s sis­ter pa­per Ori­en­tal Daily in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

Ku­lasegaran pointed out that the fed­eral govern­ment will re­quest cor­po­ra­tions to first con­sider em­ploy­ing lo­cals be­fore grant­ing them any govern­ment projects.

He said the govern­ment is ob­li­gated to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of Malaysians es­pe­cially those who are seek­ing em­ploy­ment.

“Only those hav­ing to do with the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and the need to abide by a con­tract or agree­ment can directly re­cruit for­eign labour,” he added.

He said his min­istry is look­ing into whether there is re­ally a need for for­eign labour – an is­sue which had been noted to cause some so­cial ills – let alone the out­flow of bil­lions of ring­git.

Be­cause of this, Ku­lasegaran said the govern­ment will re­view all agree­ments per­tain­ing to the re­cruit­ment of for­eign labour, par­tic­u­larly the one signed be­tween Malaysia and Bangladesh.

He di­vulged that the for­mer Home Min­is­ter had by­passed the MoHR to sign the agree­ment with Bangladesh in or­der to bring in labour from the south Asian na­tion.

“We need to ad­dress this prob­lem with ur­gency. Hence, we will meet with the new Home Min­is­ter (Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin) to dis­cuss and solve the prob­lem.”

On the brain drain is­sue which has been raised, Ku­lasegaran said the govern­ment will keep its elec­tion prom­ise by set­ting up a Fair Em­ploy­ment Com­mis­sion to tackle the mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to him, about 300,000 Malaysians are cur­rently work­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

Apart from at­trac­tive re­mu­ner­a­tion, he be­lieved that these Malaysians chose Sin­ga­pore over their own na­tion due to bet­ter work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and prospects.

As such, he said the min­istry will tighten the en­force­ment of labour laws and reg­u­la­tions na­tion­wide as a means to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­ment more con­ducive to em­ploy­ees.

It is hoped that Malaysians work­ing abroad will change their mind and re­turn home for em­ploy­ment with the Malaysian govern­ment’s ef­forts to pro­vide bet­ter work­places for em­ploy­ees, he added.

He added that em­ploy­ers were also wel­comed to con­tact the min­istry, which is re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional as­sis­tance.

“We have a com­pre­hen­sive mech­a­nism and we wel­come all to ap­proach us to find out more. If you want to save the trou­ble of com­ing to us per­son­ally, drop us a re­quest or an en­quiry through our web­site.

“The prob­lem we have to­day is that many em­ploy­ers do not comply with the law and reg­u­la­tions, so we are left with no choice but to en­force the law in a strin­gent man­ner,” he said.

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