Thursday, August 13, 2009

Freeze on Bangladeshi workers

PUTRAJAYA: The government will no longer issue permits to companies seeking to bring in foreign workers.

The cabinet also decided on a total freeze of Bangladeshi workers.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who announced the cabinet's decision on the matter yesterday, said at present, the 277 companies providing the service were sufficient.

"My ministry is investigating some of the companies for breaching rules in bringing in the foreign workers. If they are guilty of the offence, their licences will be revoked.

"We want only genuine companies to conduct the outsourcing," he said here.

He said the government was aware of the fact that certain sectors could not survive without foreign workers.

"From now on, three ministries -- namely Human Resources; International Trade and Industry; and Plantation Industries and Commodities -- will decide on the need of foreign workers in the sectors that need foreign manpower.

"These ministries will forward their list to the Home Ministry for vetting of the foreign workers."

On another matter, Hishammuddin said the Australian government would send a delegation here to discuss human and drug trafficking and terrorism.

He met five ministers on a working trip to Australia and spoke to them about these criminal activities. - NST.

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