PETALING JAYA, 22 Feb: The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has called for details on the government’s latest decision to freeze the intake of new foreign workers.
“FMM urges the government to review its decision to suspend recruitment and also renewals via the MyEG system, which is the single avenue for renewal of foreign worker work permits,” FMM said in a statement. It is unclear how long the suspension would take effect.
Some employers had earlier received approvals to bring in workers and are in different stages of recruitment, including those with workers already on their way to Malaysia.
“FMM hopes the government has given due consideration to these cases in coming to its decision to freeze recruitment. Employers therefore require the full details of the government’s latest announcement.”
Manufacturers have always made an effort to recruit local workers first. This is also a requirement imposed by the government before employers can apply to bring in foreign workers. Companies that have received approval have proven that their need for additional manpower is justified.
On the review of a two-tier levy programme, employer associations had met the Home Affairs Ministry on Feb 6 and were given 10 working days to revert with their collective counter proposal acceptable to the business community.
“FMM hopes that the issues of levy and recruitment of foreign workers can be resolved expediently to avoid any deleterious effect on our economy. We also hope that the government will consult with the industry and develop transparent, consistent and stable policies.”
— THE SUN