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Govt wants insurance for Thai citizens


January 13, 2008

Govt wants insurance for Thai citizens working in Malaysia

Thailand has called on employers in Malaysia to provide the necessary insurance coverage to Thai workers.

Northern state of Perlis Chief Minister Shahidan Kassim said Friday that many Thais, particularly those from areas bordering Malaysia, were working in Malaysia and some did so without insurance protection.

Speaking to reporters in Hatyai, southern Thailand, he said that the matter was among issues raised at a meeting on border cooperation between Perlis and the Thai provinces of Satun and Songkhla, which ended here Friday night.

Shahidan said that many southern Thais were working as boat crew in Malaysia but their actual number was not known because some were also working illegally.

"Due to their status as illegal workers, the employers are not able to provide insurance coverage," he said.

Satun deputy governor, Chusak Maneechayangkorn said that there were many Thais from the province who were working in Malaysia, especially in Perlis, and they needed insurance protection.

The meeting, which was also attended by Songkhla governor Sondhi Tejanant, discussed a number of issues including cross-border smuggling activities, illegal immigrants, foreign workers, Wang Kelian and Kuala Perlis
development programmes, and Padang Besar integrated development.

According to a report tabled at the meeting, a total of 118,765 litres of diesel and 2,483kg of cooking oil were seized while being smuggled to Thailand last year.

The amount saw a declined compared to 167,620 litres of diesel and 13,866kg of cooking oil in 2006.

There were also some 8,610 foreign workers in Perlis last year, of whom 6,273 were Thais.

Courtesy Bernama

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