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Govt to prosecute bosses who abuse foreign workers


February 20, 2008

Govt to prosecute bosses who abuse foreign workers

The Malaysian Labour Department will go all out this year to prosecute employers who mistreat their foreign workers as they have tainted Malaysia's good name, Xinhua quoted the local media reports on Tuesday.

At a conference on "Developing a Comprehensive Policy Framework for Migrant Labor" here on Monday, the department's legal and enforcement chief, Khamis A. R. Majid, said each of 300 officers in the department were expected to prosecute at least two cases this year.

To date, the department has 45 cases pending. They include unpaid wages, unfair deductions of salaries and abusive employers.

Majid acknowledged that outsourcing companies, which bring in workers in large numbers before contracting them out to work with different employers, have caused many problems.

"We will do our best to inspect the outsourcing companies," he said, adding that canceling the permits of such unscrupulous companies was not under his jurisdiction.

"We are serious. We are going all out to investigate those who employ foreign workers," the New Straits Times quoted Khamis as saying.

Foreign workers should seek the help of the labor department if they were mistreated by their employers, he said.

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