The system of recruiting foreign workers through agents or companies will be abolished soon, says Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the task which is now outsourced by the ministry to more than 100 companies, would be taken over by the Human Resource Ministry via Private Employment Agencies (PEA).
According to him, PEAs are subject to a special act to ensure the intake of foreign workers is better managed according to existing regulations and law.
Muhyiddin said negotiations with the companies involved had been held and the government agreed to give more time for these companies to place workers under their responsibility to selected employers.
"Our objective is to avoid several undesirable matters such as human trafficking and various issues relating to foreign workers,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after chairing a joint committee meeting with the Human Resource Ministry on the management of foreign workers at Parliament today.
The meeting was also attended by Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran.
Kulasegaran said the committee also agreed to implement by next year a multi-tier levy system for the hiring of foreign workers as had been implemented in Singapore.
According to him, through the system, the levy payment would be set based on the number of foreign workers to be employed by the employer.
“The more foreign workers hired, the higher the levy imposed on the employer,” he said. - Bernama