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Stop importing foreign workers

Malaysia with only 27 millions popoulation employs 3-4 million foreign workers is truly crazy.

Najib shall tough enough to resist pressure from Chinese taukeh and MNCs to allow them to hire foreingers freely.

I can tell you more than 90% of workers in the Gersik Industrial Zone in Tangkak are foreigners. The factory owners shall shift their factories to Vietnam or Bangdalesh instead of shifting humans to Malaysia.

Taiwan government had to make a tough call many years ago to stop importing foreign cheap labors. The result is only short-term pains for the local companies before they moved up to higher value chain.

Malaysian Indians have been discriminated in the job market is not a secret.

Job vacancies available but firms not hiring locals

SEREMBAN: Employers, particularly those in the manufacturing sector, are advertising vacancies but not hiring, claim job seekers and the MTUC.

They said this was a ploy to hoodwink authorities into believing that they were unable to get locals to fill the vacancies.

They would then use this to justify their case to get foreign workers.

Several individuals contacted The Star to complain about such practices.

S. Ajay, who was a quality controller at a factory in the Senawang Industrial Area but retrenched three months ago, said he had not been able to secure a job although he had several years’ experience.

“It is strange that I am not considered although I agreed to a lower salary interview after interview,” he said.

However, when he drove past some of the companies where he had gone for interviews, vacancy signs were still displayed outside the premises.

“When I called the managers and asked them why there were still vacancies, they told me that they could not find someone suitable.

“Are they telling me that foreign workers are better than locals?” he said.

Another caller, who only wished to be known as James and who had been working as a quality assurance supervisor in a factory in Nilai, said he also could not get a job despite many openings in the factories there.

“A friend working in a plant where I went for an interview told me that the company has been promoting its foreign workers from operators to quality assurance supervisors,” he said.

When he called the management, James said he was told that they did not have any record of his application.

“They just refused to entertain me,” said James, who has been unemployed since January.

MTUC secretary-general G. Rajasekaran said the congress was aware of this and urged complainants to contact him directly.

“The problem is that the authorities cannot keep track of this as no one makes reports.

“Those who feel they have been duped by such companies must report so action could be taken against them,” he said.

Rajasekaran said he would raise the matter during the national retrenchment council meeting at the Human Resources Ministry today.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/4/20/nation/3729309&sec=nation

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