Give me foreign workers any day

from:Malaysiakini/letters

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

from:Malaysiakini

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”

THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK?

 

EARLY MIGRANTS HATE THE NEW COMERS?

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.

ACTUALLY ALMOST THE WHOLE POPULATION OF SINGAPORE ARE MIGRANTS BUT THEY ALL ARE ARROGANT ON NEW COMERS. BUT MOST OF THEM ARE COWARDS/EUNUCHS AND DARE NOT EVEN SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE LEE DYNASTY. BUT THEY WILL BULLY OTHERS EVERYWHERE, IN THE CYBERSPACE OR EVEN IN WIKI. 

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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

Reports by LEE YUK PENG, ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN and LOH FOON FONG

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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