Malaysia [Sin Chew Daily] – Business owners urge the government to cut red tape on the hiring of foreign workers in a bid to reduce costs. The latest policy on the recruitment of foreign workers is still pending.
Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamuddin Bardan said employers are worried as the government has not released the latest policy on the recruitment of foreign workers.
He said prior to releasing the new policy, the government should continue to use existing policy on foreign workers.
According to Shamsuddin, the cost of hiring a foreign labour without middlemen range between RM1,500 (US$365.85) to RM5,000 (US$1,219.51). However, going through an agent will inflate the cost several folds from RM13,000 (US$3,170.73) to RM14,000. (US$3,414.63).