PUTRAJAYA: Employers with the exemption and conditional approval for the period of first quarter 2023 are permitted to hire foreign workers from 15 countries via the Less Strict Employment of Foreign Workers Plan.
Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said, the allowance to hire foreign workers from 15 countries is based on the affordability and the real needs of the employer without pre-condition hiring qualification and the qualification quota.
Saifuddin added, a series of working visits by Malaysian delegations will be implemented in the selected source countries aimed at discussing the safety and welfare of foreign workers in Malaysia.
“Besides that, the visits are also to ensure the objective of the Less Strict Employment of Foreign Workers Plan could be achieved.
“The delegation will be led by the Minister of Home Affairs and from the Ministry of Human Resources and representatives from the Monitoring Agency,” the Minister said in a statement after chairing the Special Meeting on Management of Foreign Workers, Tuesday.
Saifuddin also mentioned that the meeting had also agreed on the Recalibration PATI 2.0 Plan specifically for Recalibration Work Force Programme until December 2023.
“Earlier the PATI Recalibration Plan had been implemented until December 2022 with the registration of 418,649 PATI for Recalibration Work Force Programme and 295,425 PATI for the Recalibration Return Home Programme.
“The difference between the Recalibration PATI 2.0 Plan is the fixed condition is more flexible without sidelining the safety elements in the country.
“The detail information on the Less Strict Employment of Foreign Workers Plan will be announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the near future. The facility and the less strict condition that have been framed will not be for a long period but unprecedented in nature to fulfil the needs of the national economic development.
“The government will always ensure the management of foreign workers in Malaysia is based on the sovereignty of the national law and at the same time guarantees the rights of all foreign workers staying in Malaysia are protected fairly,” he reiterated.-Malaysia World News