A special task force, involving the Human Resource and the Home Ministry, has been set up to address foreign workers’ employment issues said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Zahid who is also the home minister said the task force was given 30 days to iron out issues which were brought up by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) in a roundtable dialogue in Putrajaya today.
“I have stressed that we should have a long-term plan to give priority to the local workforce, the automation programme, the semi and the skilled workers training programme,” Bernama reported as he saying at the media conference after chairing the meeting.
The roundtable session is part of the government’s continuous effort to engage directly with business associations on various issues for the benefit of all parties.
As of Jan 31, there were 1.8 million foreign workers employed in the sectors that were approved by the government.
Zahid also stressed the need for industry players to comprehend and understand the basis of government policies related to foreign workers.
He urged all industries to work in hand with the government in implementing the policies.
“The government, especially the Home Ministry, appreciates the input and feedback from the business community with regards to foreign workers and its related issues,” he said.
The engagement with the relevant participants clearly reflects the government’s commitment to formulate and implement policies which are inclusive and strategically beneficial to all parties, especially the general Malaysian public in ensuring greater economic growth and shared prosperity.
Before the roundtable session, Ahmad Zahid received a courtesy call from the senior leadership of NCCIM led by its president, Ter Leong Yap.
The NCCIM comprises key business associations including the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM), the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM), the Malaysia Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI), the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).