HR Ministry will present foreign worker entry report to NRC: Saravanan
Human resources minister addresses council’s chairman’s call to expedite intake
BANGI – Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said that the Human Resource Ministry will present a full report on the entry of foreign workers to the National Recovery Council (NRC) soon to unravel allegations of delays in their entry into the country.
He said the ministry was updating the report based on the work it had carried out.
“Our representative in NRC may not have informed the development (on the entry of foreign workers) to Tan Sri (Muhyiddin Yassin). We will present it to him soon,” he said at a media conference after officiating the closing of the Central Region Structured Tripartite Dialogue 2022 here today.
Yesterday, NRC chairman Muhyiddin urged the government to expedite the intake of foreign workers to overcome worker shortage, especially in the micro, small and medium enterprises sectors, besides stating the government’s delay in addressing the issue would affect productivity and slow down the country’s recovery process.
Saravanan said the government had approved the intake quota for foreign workers based on the demands of various sectors in the country and that it was up to the employers to speed up the process on their end.
“The entry of foreign workers must undergo various processes after getting the government’s approval. The ministry has completed nearly all its responsibilities to bring in foreign workers, now we just have to identify the source of this delay,” he said.
According to him, the ministry had signed a memorandum of understanding with several source countries, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia and India.
Meanwhile, he questioned Beruas Parliament member Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham’s request to switch the location of the ministry’s special briefing, which is scheduled to be held on October 5. The briefing will answer allegations relating to Saravanan’s failure to address issues of foreign worker entry and shortage at the Parliament.
“I invite them to come and see for themselves what I have done to resolve this problem. It involves the ministry, so come to the ministry. I will show all the evidence that we have here,” he said, adding that the briefing would also be open to media personnel.
The Today, the media reported Ngeh as saying he is ready to attend the special briefing but wanted it moved to Parliament and opened to media personnel.
source – Bernama