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Priority hiring should be local, not migrant workers

New Straits Times, Malaysia, 14 May 2020 - Despite the government's campaign on hiring restriction of the unskilled migrant workers in preference of national workers, the population of migrant workers in Malaysia has increased over the past few years.

The rapid expansion of small and medium-sized industries have created an increased demand for migrant workers who make up for the 'shortages' of labour in these industries. The agriculture, construction, hotels, restaurants and other enterprises in the hospitality industry are heavily dependent on migrant workers, especially for jobs on the lower rungs of the hierarchy.

Apart from being submissive, these workers are in most circumstances ever willing to adapt to the employers urgent needs including working longer hours and on holidays, hence, makes migrant workers the preferred choice by some employers.

This is aside from the fact that it is not mandatory for the employer to make statutory contribution towards the Employees Provident Fund and the Employment Insurance System under the Employees Provident Fund Act 1991 and Employment Insurance System Act 2017, respectively. Further, there are certain restriction for these workers to be involved in the trade union activities.



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