Malaysia gov’t should ease foreign workers’ recruitment: Minister

Posted by jaypee 39 days ago Malaysia
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The Malaysian government should ensure easy access for its business operators to hire foreign workers before they are punished for hiring illegals, said a minister today.

Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is a minister in the Prime Minister’s department made the comment following the Malaysian Immigration Department’s announcement last Tuesday that it would freeze assets and bank ac Read More


Firms hiring illegals will have assets, bank accounts frozen beginning Oct

Posted by jaypee 41 days ago Malaysia
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SEPANG: Companies in industrial sectors found to be employing and protecting illegal foreign workers could have their assets frozen beginning October. Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the department viewed the practice as a serious offence, as the number of illegal workers in the country has been a growing concern. He said there were current laws under the depart

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Four maids to come home from Malaysia

Posted by jaypee 41 days ago Cambodia
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Four Cambodian workers will be repatriated from Malaysia this week and next – including an 18-year-old who had been detained at the notorious Juru detention centre, which has been embroiled in allegations of torture and inmate deaths.

Two other maids arrived on Friday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sok Kha, one of the four scheduled to return, had been detain Read More


Offer subsidised tests to foreign workers too, says advocacy group

Posted by jaypee 46 days ago Singapore
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A non-profit group that helps migrant workers has called for subsidised Zika testing to be offered to foreign workers too.

Transient Workers Count Too made the appeal yesterday, with its treasurer, Mr Alex Au, noting that the cost of the test may deter foreign workers from going for checks.

While Singaporeans and permanent residents with Zika symptoms can test for the virus Read More


National scene: Special IDs for Indonesian maids in S’pore

Posted by jaypee 48 days ago Indonesia
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The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore has launched an identity card for Indonesian citizens working as domestic staff in the neighboring country.

The Indonesia-Singapore Worker Card (KPIS) will function not only as an identity card for Indonesian domestic helpers working in Singapore but also as an information medium for them about various training programs in which they might be

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Singapore’s Foreign Domestic Workers Find Their Voices Online

Posted by jaypee 49 days ago Singapore
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The Humanitarian Organization for Migrant Economics, or “HOME,” aims to “give voice to the voiceless” in Singapore by providing a platform (a website called “MyVoice”) for migrant workers to write and upload their stories, articles, photographs, and poetry. The advocacy group also offers assistance to abused workers.

According to g Read More


Govt pledges to better protect migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 54 days ago Indonesia
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration wants the government to walk with migrant workers each step of the way, because working abroad is their way of improving their lives and the economies of their hometowns, a minister has said.

“Working abroad is a choice we must honor, respect and protect,” Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said in Kupang, E Read More


MOM sets new living condition rules for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 58 days ago Singapore
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The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has set out new conditions that operators of factory-converted dormitories (FCDs) for housing foreign workers will have to meet, including the provision of a 'feedback channel' and wi-fi.

Starting next year, dorm-operators will have to meet the legal obligations in order to get approval to use their industrial premises for workers to live in, the MOM Read More