MACC: Corruption, abuse of power leading to foreign workers exploitation

MACC: Corruption, abuse of power leading to foreign workers exploitation

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) revealed that there is abuse of power, corruption and widespread exploitation involved in the hiring of foreign workers in the country.

Its chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said there were cases where certain agents and individuals took advantage of foreign workers wishing to enter the country.

“These corruption issues are huge. There are foreign workers who came here seeking so-called jobs, but none exist.

“Some came to Malaysia without documents. There may be traitors, who for example, terminate the recruitment after the visa has been obtained,” she told Bernama after the panel discussion at the 2019 Malaysia Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit today.

Latheefa said most of the foreign workers detained in the country were due to immigration offences, such as not possessing valid travel documents.

“Many foreign workers who come to this country do not use illegal routes but they are brought in by agents,” she said.

In the meantime, she suggested the entry process of foreign workers, which is currently conducted by the Home Ministry, be returned to the Human Resources Ministry.

“The MACC sees there is a need to improve hiring process as the Human Resources Ministry knows more about how many job opportunities are available here for foreigners,” she said.

The 2019 Malaysia SDG Summit, with the theme ‘Accelerating Progress on the SDGs: Whole of Nation Approach’, is expected to contribute ideas and strategies to move forward with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as strengthen partnerships through a nationwide approach.


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