PETALING JAYA: The government’s loosening of conditions for the hiring of migrant workers will be limited to critical industries, namely manufacturing, construction, plantations, agriculture, as well as food and beverage.
Human resources minister V Sivakumar said employers in these sectors may apply for migrant workers through the ministry’s Foreign Worker Centralised Management System (FWCMS).
“The human resources ministry will process and approve applications within three working days after the application is received. Job vacancy advertisements in the MyFutureJobs portal are exempted with immediate effect.
“Employers who have made applications through the FWe Approval and eQuota modules are urged to submit their applications again,” he said in a statement.
Further enquiries can be directed to the ministry’s migrant worker management division at 03-8885 2939/2940.
Last week, home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said Putrajaya will be creating a “special plan” aimed at meeting the various sectors’ needs for foreign manpower.
He said this will allow employers to take in foreign workers from 15 source countries based on their capabilities and needs, without having to fulfil quotas or employment pre-conditions.
Saifuddin said these relaxed conditions were not permanent but only a temporary measure to fulfil the country’s economic development needs, which he described as “unprecedented”.