‘No freeze in the intake of foreign workers’

‘No freeze in the intake of foreign workers’

PUCHONG: The Human Resources Ministry clarified that there is no freeze in the recruitment of foreign workers although many applications to bring in workers have been rejected for non-compliance with the law.

The ministry said, in a statement, that it was committed to ensuring that employers continue to abide by the country’s labour laws and guidelines to deter the practice of forced labour.

In the last two years, 4,434 employers from the restaurant sector had applied to hire foreign workers via the ePPAx System of the Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department, and of this number, only 1,407 applications involving 8,552 workers were supported.

“As of April this year, 796 applications to hire foreign workers were received. Of this number, 216 applications involving 1,840 foreign workers were supported and 580 applications were rejected.

“517 applications were rejected because the employers failed to adhere to labour laws and the remaining 63 were rejected because the employers were not eligible to hire foreign workers,” said the ministry.

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