Minister of HR: Online application for foreign workers in the plantation sector with special exemption open from January 28 | Malaysia

Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said the government granted special permission to bring in 32,000 foreign workers through a special exemption last September to address labor shortages in the plantation sector. — photo by Bernama

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 ― Online application for recruitment of foreign workers in plantation sector through special exemption will be open from Jan 28 via the website, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said.

He said applications for foreign workers for other sectors, including the plantation sector without special waivers, would be open from Feb. 15.

The government had granted special permission to bring in 32,000 foreign workers through a special exemption last September to alleviate labor shortages in the plantation sector.

During the Council of Ministers on December 10, it was agreed that the recruitment of foreign workers will be open to all sectors other than the plantation sector. The authorized sectors are agriculture, manufacturing, services, mining and quarrying, construction and domestic help.

Meanwhile, Saravanan reminded employers to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) for admitting foreign workers established by the government.

He said the SOP covered four phases, namely pre-release, on arrival, post arrival (quarantine) and post-quarantine.

“All foreign workers are required to undergo a seven-day quarantine during which they will be screened twice for Covid-19 and the cost will be borne by the employer,” he added.

He said that currently all quarantine centers, as well as hotels for quarantine purposes, are in the Klang Valley and they can accommodate 10,000 people at a time.

In this regard, he said, the ministry welcomed willing parties to offer facilities to be used as quarantine centres. ― Bernama

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