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Govt introducing app to curb exploitation of migrant workers

Free Malaysia Today, Malaysia, 15 December 2021 - The government is introducing a new application (app) that would prevent foreign workers from being charged exorbitant fees to work in Malaysia and also help keep track of their whereabouts.

Calling it e-locker, home minister Hamzah Zainudin said the app would have detailed information on migrant workers who enter the country, such as their home country, family details, employer information, place of employment, their salary as well as any fees they had to pay to enter the country.

“With this app, we will know where they (the workers) came from and if they had to pay any big fees,” he said in his winding-up speech in the Dewan Rakyat on the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Amendment) Bill 2021.

He said Malaysia would discuss with source countries to have the workers’ details included in the app to curb the issue of them paying exorbitant fees.

Hamzah said this after Charles Santiago (PH-Klang) asked him on the steps the government was taking to address the downgrade of Malaysia to the worst tier in the United States’ annual Trafficking in Persons (TiP) report. The downgrade in July came after complaints by rights groups and US authorities over alleged exploitation of migrant workers.

Santiago also sought clarification if the app would only contain information on the workers’ salary or all payments made for them to enter the country.



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