While Malaysian companies face difficulties in hiring foreign workers, it appears that some have taken advantage of this ‘business’ opportunity to offer ‘promise for sale’.
According to The Star, Malaysian employers claim the appointment is hard to come by because of the bureaucracy in the process of procuring foreign workers.
One of them even said that if the employer gets an interview to secure the worker, it is likely that he will only get less than half of what is asked for.
“If you apply for 50, you will get 20 workers, and SMEs bear the burden because their sales turnover is between RM5 million and RM20 million.”
“Giant organizations get priority because they have government support, but for SMEs, they are sometimes forgotten unless you know someone.”
Employers also say applications are easy to refuse because there are so many requirements to meet. “You also need a little help from the association to help push your application,” he adds.
Meanwhile, another source who knows those who offered to pay for the interview, revealed that prices are set at RM1,300 to RM1,500 per head and one need not worry about quotas.
“Those who pay within 3 weeks will get it, whereas those who actually attend the interview without getting paid probably won’t get it after 3 months. It is an open secret.”
“We already have a system in place, and those who know their responsibilities have to do their job honestly, so that these things don’t happen,” the source said.
Currently, the process of procuring foreign workers in Malaysia is carried out through the Centralized Management System for Foreign Workers (FWCMS) under the Ministry of Human Resources.
The employer must create an online company profile and upload all required documents, including turnover and Employee Provident Fund to the system.
Commenting on the matter, Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Samenta) head of policy and government relations (Samenta) Datuk William Ng said that they had received reports of such incidents and raised concerns about the possible “handkerchief” behind the approach.
“We receive a lot of complaints from members who have difficulty in hiring foreign workers, which are done through FWCMS.”
“After registering, they are required to undergo an interview, namely in Putrajaya. Either they are physically present or through an agency.”
However, he said there were many cases where applicants were told that interview appointments had been canceled or postponed due to reasons such as staff shortages and incorrect scheduling, while en route to Putrajaya.
“Surprisingly, after the interview was postponed, canceled, or their application was rejected, an ‘agent’ contacted immediately afterwards.”
“This ‘agent’ will offer to assist and expedite the process for a fee of between RM1,000 and RM1,500 per applicant.”
“This raises suspicion and we wonder how the ‘agent’ knew about the status of our application in such a short time,” Ng said.
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