Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) lauded the government’s issuance of enforcement cards or E-cards that will permit illegal foreign workers to work in the country for the meantime, while their application for legal recognition is pending, reported The Edge.
“The latest move on the rehiring of illegal foreign workers is good news for the construction industry,” said MBAM President Foo Chek Lee. This measure will help tackle the country’s shortage of manpower, especially skilled personnel.
Foo, who is also Managing Director of Pembinaan Mitrajaya, suggested that the E-card application should be made available to all illegal workers across all industries, regardless whether they are currently employed or not.
“This way, all illegal workers can be registered and those without employers [can] be given a time period to get hired or be deported. This will also help in tracing the whereabouts of illegal workers and prevent them from job hopping.”
He also proposed that the application for rehiring should be made fast, simple and less expensive, while the Immigration Department should directly check each foreign worker instead of outsourcing this job to a third party.
“In tandem with the E-card, the government should review the maximum age limit for hiring foreign workers and extend it to 55 instead of 45, while the maximum employment period should be increased to 10 years, or whichever comes first. At 45, most workers are at the peak of their careers and would possess sufficient skill and knowledge.”
Furthermore, Foo called on employers to take advantage of the E-card issuance to prevent future legal problems.
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