Thursday, August 13, 2009

Home Ministry Issues Warning To Errant Foreign Worker Agencies

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The Home Ministry will revoke the licenses and permits of foreign worker agencies found to have breached regulations stipulated by the authorities.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said besides this, the government would also not be issuing new licenses so as to curb the influx of foreign workers.

He said both decisions had been approved by the Cabinet.

"There will be no more new agencies, and the 277 existing ones risk having their licenses and permits revoked if they're not doing their jobs as they should," he told reporters after his ministry's post-Cabinet meeting here, Wednesday.

Hishammuddin said the freeze on the intake of foreign workers from Bangladesh also remained.

"For the sectors that need foreign workers, three ministries have been put in charge of ascertaining the manpower," he said.

The ministries are the Human Resources Ministry, the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry and the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

"We have given the three ministries jurisdiction over the matter to avoid overlapping of responsbilities with the Home Ministry," he said.

Hishammuddin said the Home Ministry was only in charge of screening in the context of security.

Commenting on his recent visit to Australia, Hishammuddin said as a follow-up to his visit, an Australian delegation would be coming to Malaysia on Aug 26 to further discuss the issue of human trafficking. -- BERNAMA

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