Paying workers via bank accounts prevent abscondment

Pic by AFIF ABDUL HALIM

Payment of salaries via bank deposits could be implemented to prevent foreign workers from running away from employers, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.

He said this was among the proposals put forward to address the dumping of illegal foreign workers in the country, partly due to employers’ delay in making salary payments to workers, often for months, which resulted in them absconding.

“There are industrial players who take illegal and unauthorised foreign workers. Then they (illegal workers) go to other industries, but the passports are kept by the previous employer,” he said after chairing the “Budget 2018 Focus Group Meeting: Easing the Cost of Doing Business” yesterday.

He said the industry players’ difficulty to obtain foreign workers was one of the main issues raised in the meeting.

Hence, he said a dialogue session involving industry players and trade associations with the Ministry of Human Resources, Bank Negara Malaysia and Immigration Department would be held in the near future to find a holistic approach to resolving the issue.

Acknowledging that there are weaknesses in the management of foreign workers on the part of the government, Johari said the industry should also play their part by not hiring illegal immigrants.

He said issues faced by industry players to obtain foreign worker permits were also raised in the meeting, which according to him, needed to be simplified.

“There needs to be a comprehensive policy for illegal foreign workers. We need to simplify their registration process. There shouldn’t be many charges, this is among the issues we want to solve,” he said. — Bernama