MoHR implements redeployment initiative for laid-off workers


THE Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR), through its departments and agencies, is working to reduce the cases of local and foreign workers losing their jobs through a redeployment initiative.

Its minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan (picture) said the redeployment initiative, which is handled by the ministry, involves online registration by the workers through agencies such as the Department of Manpower Peninsular Malaysia, Social Security Organisation and Human Resources Development Bhd.

He said the initiative is carried out following the ministry’s findings that many local and foreign workers were terminated due to the Covid-19.

“The ministry calls on employers to give priority to local workers to fill the vacancies that exist at their premises.

“If there is no response from local workers, then the employer is given the flexibility to hire foreign workers with a valid work permit who have been laid off,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Saravanan said this is because the government has permitted the redeployment of workers by way of replacing the employers for foreign workers in the same sector, as well as other sectors depending on the case.

Saravanan added that the application form for employer replacement for foreign workers can be downloaded from the Labour Department’s website,, and the form must be sent to the Labour Department headquarters in Putrajaya either by hand, post or email.