Pay Low Wages, and you can force the worker to do overtime just to earn enough to survive...
Overtime is also an issue that determines whether employers preference for local workers would increase or decrease. Local workers generally are willing to do overtime occasionally but certainly not everyday...they have a life outside work - they prefer the '8 hours work, 8 hours rest and 8 hours leisure/social life/family time formula...Note that an 8-hour work day means about 9 hours plus, and factor in also transportation to and from work..
Malaysia now has a draconian legal overtime limit per month that allow employers to 'force' their workers to work 12 hours per day...Why 'force'? Nowadays, local workers also complain that they do not anymore have a choice when it comes to having to do overtime - If you refuse, then you risk losing your employment, or it may affect your promotion and future wage increases too...
Overtime was usually in exceptionally was for rare situations - but today, it becomes the norm for many workplaces.
One law that sets limits to overtime was the Employment (Limitation of Overtime Work) Regulations 1980 - and this was amended in 1991, and the limit was increased to one hundred and four(104) hours in any one month.The accepted number of working days per month is 26, therefore this regulation allowed for up to 4 hours of overtime work per day.(104/26).This is a VERY BAD law - Why? 8 hours normal working hours PLUS 4 hours overtime = 12 hours work everyday.
MEF: Foreign workers request for overtime
– BERNAMA - FMT News, 14/6/2016