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Malaysia issues new rules for VN workers
Malaysia's Immigration Department has informed the management board of Vietnamese workers in Malaysia that employers have to be responsible for receiving overseas workers in that country.
According to the Department of Overseas Labour under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the notice said that from yesterday, the duration for employers to receive their employees will be limited to six hours instead of 24, at two Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).
Employers have to be at the airport to receive their employees and it should not be done through a broker firm, it said.
The notice also said that if employers did not pick up labourers within six hours of them entering Malaysia, they would be sent back to their countries.
To ensure the legitimate rights and interests of workers, the Department of Overseas Labour has asked enterprises which are involved in sending workers for employment to Malaysia to contact the broker firm and employers to coordinate the flight arrival time at KLIA (or KLIA2) to receive Vietnamese workers as required by the Malaysian side.
The department also urged enterprises to review the contents of contracts to make it relevant with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Viet Nam and Malaysia in August.
Under the MoU, the new form of labour contract regulates the responsibility of Malaysian employers, broker firms, Vietnamese workers and enterprises as well as regulations on salary and working hours. Specifically, the new labour contract stipulates that workers have the right to retain their passports and personal documents.
Statistics from the MoLISA showed that Viet Nam has sent 220,000 workers to Malaysia since 2002 after the two countries signed a MoU on labour co-operation.
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