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Cut waiting period on foreign worker applications, M'sian govt urged
Publication Date : 20-09-2013
The Johor Malay Contractor Association wants the Malaysian government to review the waiting period for foreign worker applications as it could take up to four months before the arrival of the workers.
Association president Mahmood Amir said most of their members complained that the long waiting period had caused delays in their projects.
He said part of the application procedure was that contractors must publish an advertisement in the newspaper for 60 days to hire local workers before they could submit an application for foreign workers.
“After that, it may take another one and a half months at least before the workers arrive and the project can go full swing,” he said at a press conference here Thursday.
He said the situation was made worse with the ongoing operations carried out by the immigration department to weed out illegal foreign workers.
Mahmood also suggested that the government cut down the number of days for the advertisement placement to just two weeks because having a longer period would not make much of a difference.
“Even if we put the advertisement for up to a year, locals will not take up the job because we must face the reality that Malaysians just do not want to get their hands dirty,” he said.
He said contractors had to rely on foreign labour to do jobs like operating heavy machinery, drive construction vehicles and lay bricks.
Johor Immigration Department director Nasri Ishak said that the department was only responsible for approving the completed applications submitted by employers.
“We usually will approve them within two weeks.
“Any time longer than that depends on the agents and whether there are workers available in the source countries,” he said.