Even when the 'outsourcing workers', or the "contractor for labour system", it was, I believe, the Home Ministry who was giving the required license/permits for these 'contractors for labour'. In fact, I believe that these 'outsourcing agencies' concept may really be something that the Home Ministry came out with - not the Human Resource Ministry... The practice of allowing the 'outsourcing concept' in 2005 onwards, of course have led to 'discrimination amongst workers at the same workplace workplace', these 'supplied workers' lost their rights to even join trade unions and/or enjoy the benefits of Collective Bargaining Agreements, the existence of these 'outsourced' workers at workplaces also weakened existing trade unions,... The Human Resource Ministry, being more conscious worker and trade union rights, ILO standards, etc...may have not even suggested this 'contractor for labour system'...
Households may soon be able to hire domestic maids from outsourcing agencies if these companies are prepared to bring them in, said Home Affairs Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat. ...On the outsourcing concept, Aseh said it was initiated in December 2005 to meet the demand for foreign workers in the country.He added that 213 companies had been issued licences so far and out of these, 142 had already started to bring in workers.“So far, 31,493 workers have been brought into the country by these companies,” he said. - Star, 28/2/2007 Outsourcing agencies may bring in maids too (Star)
The Human Resource Ministry, to be fair, have in the past spoken out, saying that all matters concerning human resources should come under the HR Ministry not the Home Ministry...
Recently, we had the issue of the 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers - and here again, we saw Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the current Home Minister, in the forefront... Employer groups were meeting with the said Minister, etc...For a while, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi appeared to be the 'de facto Human Resource Minister for Migrant Workers'All matters pertaining to the recruitment of foreign workers should come under the purview of the Human Resources Ministry, including the outsourcing agencies and the special approval for foreign workers, said its minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam. - Star Online, 21/7/2008 -Subra: Let my ministry handle all foreign worker matters [See also:- Migrant workers should be responsibility of Human Resources Ministry]
“There will be no approval for anyone trying to bring in any foreign workers, be it from the Human Resources Ministry or other ministries, especially the Home Ministry,” -Should it not be only the Human Resource Ministry approval that is needed for bringing in migrant workers to satisfy HR needs in Malaysia? The Home Ministry, under which comes the Immigration Department, should just facilitate the provision of the required work visa - or maybe, do a 'security vetting' of migrant workers coming in.
Now, is there a worker shortage in Malaysia? Well, the Human Resource Minister has not said anything...as far as I can see...HOW MANY MIGRANT WORKERS ARE NEEDED NOW?
But, then there is this new 'Registering of Undocumented Migrants' that started on 15/2/2016 which will now end on 30th June.
Well, no mention of how many migrant workers we are looking for.... but we know some PRIVATE COMPANIES have been appointed to do this work....and they will be charging fees of RM800 for registration and RM400 (administrative), and this does not include the fines, levy, etc... So, if RM800 for registration only - and, if 1,000 are registered, that is RM0.8 million, if 10,000, RM8 million - and there are about 4 million plus undocumented migrant workers. Who chose these companies? Was there an open tender? Was the Home Ministry or the HR Ministry? Well, in any event, these few companies will be making good profit...
Two firms have been selected to handle applications for workers from Indonesia and Myanmar respectively while a consortium of three companies has been tasked to process applications involving other countries.
Personally, I believe that it should be the government doing this - the Human Resource Ministry (because they will know the human resource needs), and maybe the Immigration Department will be involved to collect the fines...AND there must be full accounting to the people - How many registered? How much collected? How many legalized? How much fines collected from employers who were using 'undocumented migrants'? How many of these employers were 'whipped'? How many complaints of 'cheating' by these companies and/or their agents - how many prosecuted?
Remember the 6P program, when MP Teresa Kok asked how much was spent and how much was made - this question was not answered...the reason given was that this was a PFI - hence no need to give accounts to Parliament. Hence the total avoidance of transparency and accountability... see the government answer - 'Private Government Companies' - a means to escape accountability and transparency? MAS, 1MDB, DEIG??
[See also:- BN privatizing this and that - avoidance of accountability and transparency - Pro-Rakyat? ]
Home Minister should be concentrating on ...
No more new foreign workers
Rehiring costs RM1,200
Slow start for amnesty drive
But they expect numbers to pick up in the months ahead of the Dec 31 deadline, despite criticisms of the costly RM1,200 administrative fee to register each worker.
To date, 2,500 employers have registered to legalise 5,922 Indonesians with International Marketing and Net Resources Sdn Bhd (Iman), which is mandated by the Government to handle amnesty for Indonesians.
Ezreeq Mohd Nor, Iman marketing and Communications manager, said they had targeted to register between 500,000 and one million Indonesians working illegally.
“There’s hasn’t been a huge campaign but numbers are increasing this week,” he said when met at Iman’s headquarters in Wangsa Maju.
Bukti Megah Sdn Bhd, which runs the one-stop centre to legalise workers from Myanmar, has so far
received 232 applications from 138 companies.
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) said many employers and foreign workers had bitter experiences of being cheated by agents under the previous 6P programme (2011 to 2014) and were not confident with the latest amnesty initiative.
Secretary-general N. Gopal Kishnam said the Government should drop the RM1,200 fee which is imposed in addition to a levy for each worker.
Gopal said there was an estimated four million undocumented workers in Malaysia and the process of legalising and repatriating them should not be driven by profits by private companies.
“The Government should make the process less expensive. The levy imposed by the Government should be sufficient,” he said.
Ezreeq said to date no employers had complained about the RM1,200 registration fee and said unlike 6P, no agents were used by his company.
“Employers and workers can be assured they will not be cheated,” he said.
MyEG, which is among a consortium of three companies tasked with registering illegal workers from other countries, argued the RM1,200 was justified.
A spokesman for the company said the charges were not only for online registration of employers and workers but other management services.
These include the verification of the data provided, biometric and photos of both employer and worker, liaising with local authorities and embassies, medical checks and issuance of various documents.
She said the fee was also inclusive of “monitoring if foreign workers turn rogue again since they already have a previous record of being an illegal” and deporting those who don’t qualify for amnesty.
MyEG also provides a dedicated mobile SIM card, which is activated for one year, with unlimited free messaging to their hotline for each foreigner registered.
She said there was also a call centre manned by foreigners of various nationalities to manage worker issues, including unpaid wages and abuse. - Star, 26/2/2016