Give me foreign workers any day


The statement made by Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam that doubling the levy on foreign workers will discourage the hiring of foreign workers and increase the salaries of locals is ignorantly simplistic.

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‘Foreign workers first out’ policy unjust

Charles Hector, P Somwong


We, on behalf of 51 organisations, groups and networks from over 15 countries concerned about migrant and worker rights, are appalled at Malaysia’s unjust, discriminatory and unconstitutional anti-worker policy, known as ‘Foreign Workers First Out’ (FWFO) policy when it comes to retrenchment.

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The Star:Building and food sectors rely on foreign workers

KUALA LUMPUR: While those in the construction and food sectors are for foreign workers, the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) and a deputy minister are against bringing in more of them, given the current economic conditions.

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Early migrants, “Foreigners the bane of neighbours”




Foreigners the bane of neighbours

From ANOTHER WORRIED RESIDENT of Kuala Lumpur: I REFER to Worried Resident’s letter on “Disgusted by behaviour of foreign workers,” (The Star, Nov 9).

….Since then, we have had to put up with workers bathing, brushing teeth and washing their laundry in front of the house every day………..

Then both of you and the STAR editors who think it is fit to bash up poor foreign workers should all go back to INDIA, CHINA OR INDONESIA where your ancestors came. Because according to your logic and anti-foreigner concepts, your ancestors SHOULD ALSO SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO COME HERE, because all first generation migrants who are not professional migrants are dirty, doing dangerous and non-dignified low pay jobs that the locals shun.


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Foreign labour exit

by Baradan Kuppusamy

As recession looms large on the horizon, migrant workers like 27-year-old Kumar Palanisamy from Chennai in India are the first on the chopping block.

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“My employer told me I have a job up to December…after that nobody knows,” said Kumar who works as a production operator with a furniture manufacturer exporting to the United States and China.

“I don’t want to lose my job or get deported,” he said, eyes brimming with tears. “I have a family to support and a Rs 40,000 (800 US dollars) debt to settle.”

It is a time of great unease for Malaysia’s estimated 3.5 million legal and illegal, low-paid foreign workers who face a dreadful future in an unfriendly country as a global financial meltdown begins to take effect.

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No plans to tax funds sent home by foreign workers, says Najib


THE Government does not plan to impose a levy or tax on the RM18.1bil that foreign workers have sent or will send to their home countries this year, said Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib, who was replying as Finance Minister in the Dewan for the first time, said that up to June, the amount sent out of the country amounted to RM9.12bil, but was estimated to hit RM18.1bil by year’s end.

He told Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique (BN — Tenggara) there were 2.1 million foreign workers in the country as of July 31, and that on average, each foreign worker sent home RM720 a month.

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REAL protection of rights in Malaysian law will end abuse of workers

REAL protection of rights in Malaysian law will end abuse of workers

CHARLES HECTOR , Friday, September 05, 2008

There are 2.2 million foreign migrant workers in Malaysia today, and our government again and again talks about reducing the number of migrant workers….but alas, it is just talk.

Every year, we have this large scale crack-downs and deportations – and then we have the employers here and there talking about labour shortages – and the doors are re-opened for more foreign migrant workers to again re-enter the country.

The arrest and deportation exercise, I believe, is to appease the local Malaysian people. So much of our money is wasted.

If only, the employers, and not the poor workers, were targeted – not only would money be saved but also the employment problems may be resolved.

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Foreign Workers are turned into commodities for buy/sell

Foreign Workers are turned into

commodities for buy/sell

Malaysiakini article by Baradan Kuppusamy | Aug 12, 08

Like thousands of migrant workers, Mir Hussein Wahab, aged 29, from Lahore, Pakistan, is a victim of a new phenomenon called , a Malay term that describes a human trafficking racket that rakes in millions of dollars for international syndicates.



Literally, jual-beli means ‘bought-sold’ and is used to refer to the daily trading of goods in the local market.

In recent months, migrant workers have been persuaded to part with hard cash to enter the country only to learn that they had been duped and left stranded without jobs, money or assistance from their sponsors or authorities.

“They are treated as a commodity and pay their way into the country as documented workers and then abandoned to fend for themselves,” said Agile Fernandez, migrant worker coordinator with Tenaganita, a non-government organisation that works to protect migrant workers from exploitation.

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Nike, believe the politicians at your own risk!

Nike, believe the politicians at your own risk!

Malaysian Insider


  1. “The government will do everything to ensure that we are internationally competitive.”
  2. Human Resources Minister S. Subramaniam said an initial probe showed that the Hytex Group– remunerated their foreign workers according to their seniority and performance.
  3. only RM100 deducted for an immigration levy
  4. “From our investigations … the employer didn’t breach any labour laws,” (Comment: Not US Labor Law but just Malaysian Labour Laws which NEVER cover the Foreign workers. Ha, Ha, so you need to read between the lines.)
  5. “It has been a policy in this country for quite a number of employers to keep the passports for safety reasons,”
  6. The ministry did not receive any reports of abuse from the Hytex workers but Subramaniam pledged the government would take stern action against any errant employers. (Usually workers’ permits are revoked by the employer if the worker dares to complaint. Authorities just closed their eyes and mouths.)


KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 5 — The government today rejected reports that foreign workers at a local garment factory contracted by Nike Inc. were mistreated and had their wages garnished.

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Malaysia must review its foreign workers levy concept

Review foreign workers levy concept

My Comment: The basic concept of levy is to charge the employer to pay for deciding to employ the foreigners without using the service of the locals. In that way it is more expensive for the employers to engage the foreign workers.

So if there is any locals ready to perform those jobs employed by foreigners, as the employing locals are cheaper than foreigners, the levy may automatically force the employers to opt for cheaper locals.

Foreign workers have to forked out from their pocket or even if the employer agreed to pay in full or 50% of the levies, agent fees and under-table fees to pay to the relevant authorities, all is deducted monthly from the poor foreign workers.

But nowadays in Malaysia, this concept is totally out.

Bosses are exploiting the foreign workers with the help of agents. They don’t pay any fees for getting the work permit for their workers. They pay less salary, forced regularly to do overtime and holidays. They even charged their workers for the over crowded lowstanderd sleeping (definitely not for human dwelling) places. Some even forced to eat from their factory kitchen (obviously charge for this service) so that the workers could not waste time for lunch hour.) Although they pay a dozen of Ringgit daily, they would deduct RM 100.00 per day, even the workers are ill and got MC. What kind of SHIT they are exploiting. The authorities never care and Embassies esp. Myanmar never complaint. Those dare to complaint have to face the LOCAL THUGS employed by factory authorities. And they would be deported back.

Bravo! Good job done, Nike Company. The parent Nike company had rightly enforce the regulation so that all its franchised factories bear all the costs of the foreign worker recruitment.

Please read the original news by By Tony Thien on Aug 4,08 in Malayisakini _



A leading Sabah-based NGO leader wants the government to review the whole concept of the levy vis-a-vis illegal and legal foreign workers.

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Day dreaming again? Gov’t to halve foreign workers by 2010

Day dreaming again? 

Or just show-off the antiforeigner policy to please the citizens? 

Gov’t to halve foreign workers by 2010

Malaysiakini news Jun 6, 08

The government plans to almost halve the number of foreigners working in the plantation and manufacturing sectors in two years by reducing its yearly foreign intake by 400,000.

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Care Latte with the Home Minister of Malaysia:

Care Latte with the Home Minister:

Homing in on Home issues



Extracts only. Sunday, 20 April 2008  

Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar is responsible for one of the most important, if not powerful, ministries in the Cabinet. Speaking to The Star’s Group Chief Editor, he talked about his tasks from heading law enforcement agencies to deciding on the role of the media, his upcoming plans for the ministry, Umno, and the country’s political outlook.

What are your plans for the Home Ministry?

Syed Hamid: The Home Ministry is the second biggest with a staff of 159,000.

  • Now we are more open to public scrutiny.
  • This is a challenging and interesting ministry and it’s close to the people’s hearts.

If you talk on matters of_

  • immigration, visas, passports,
  • the National Registration Department,
  • permanent residence
  • and citizenship status,

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AI report:Migrant workers, refugees and asylum-seekers



Migrant workers, refugees and asylum-seekers

  1. Mass arrests of migrant workers, refugees and asylum-seekers by the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) continued.
  2. According to a government news agency, 24,770 migrants had been detained by Rela as of August 2007.
  3. Rela officials continued to be accused of using excessive force and arbitrary detention when conducting raids.
  4. Migrant workers were also subjected to psychological and physical abuse by agencies and employers.
  5. They were often denied equal access to benefits and protections guaranteed to Malaysian workers, including maternity provisions, limits on working hours and holidays.

Cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments

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Profiting from health testing on migrant workers

 Profiting from health testing on migrant workers

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Why should migrant workers undergo mandatory health testing by private firm Fomema when expatriates and other classes of foreigners are not tested? Isn’t this discriminatory, dehumanising and a violation of migrants’ rights, asks CARAM Asia.

CARAM Asia has responded to articles published in the New Sunday Times on 25 May on the issue of incoming domestic workers with diseases who have purportedly passed the health testing carried out by health testing providers.

The failure of health testing system

These articles reinforced CARAM Asia’s findings revealed after our research in 16 countries on mandatory health-testing polices. Mandatory health testing serves no role in public health and plays no practical role in HIV prevention. Further, the findings suggested that the systems of health testing are inherited with flaws and loopholes. One of the most prominent findings is that the policy and practice of mandatory health and HIV testing for migrant workers is discriminatory, dehumanising and violates migrants’ rights.

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