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Special task force to settle foreign workers’ issues in 30 days

This new panel will iron out the issues brought up by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia at a roundtable dialogue today

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PUTRAJAYA: A special task force, consisting of the home ministry and the human resources ministry, has been set up to address foreign workers’ employment issues, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid, who is also the home minister, said the task force was given 30 days to iron out the issues brought up by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) at a roundtable dialogue here today.

“I have emphasised that we should have a long-term plan to give priority to the local workforce, the automation programme, the semi and the skilled workers’ training programme,” he told a media conference after chairing the meeting.

The roundtable session is part of the government’s continuous efforts to engage directly with business associations on various issues for the benefit of all parties.

As of Jan 31, there were 1.8 million foreign workers employed in sectors approved by the government.

Zahid emphasised the need for industry players to understand the rationale of government policies related to foreign workers.

He urged the industry to work in tandem with the government in implementing these policies.

“The government, especially the home ministry, appreciates the feedback from the business community with regards to foreign workers and its related issues.”

The engagement with the relevant stakeholders clearly reflects the government’s commitment to formulate and implement policies which are inclusive and strategically beneficial for all parties.

Before the roundtable session, Zahid received a courtesy call from the senior leadership of NCCIM led by its president, Ter Leong Yap.

The NCCIM comprises key business associations, including the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (DPMM), the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM), the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI), the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

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