Ministry Puts off  Induction Plan for Foreign Workers

Employers can heave a sigh of relief. The mandatory induction course for maids and foreign workers to qualify for visas to come to Malaysia has been put off.

The introduction of the course would have raised the fee the employers will have to pay and caused a “bottleneck” in the inflow of foreign workers.

The course was to have been made mandatory from May 1 for workers arriving from 10 source countries. Among the countries are Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the launch had been temporarily shelved as the mechanism to implement it was not in place which includes the training module involved.

The Government had proposed the induction course for foreign workers to enable them to learn about Malaysia’s laws and culture. The duration of the courses ranged from a day to 60 hours. Upon completion of the course, the workers would get a certificate of eligibility to apply for a visa to work in the country.

Dr Subramaniam said induction courses had been conducted in some source countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam although it was not a requirement for the visa.

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