MACC: Rampant corruption & abuse in foreign labour hiring

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 Nov 2019:

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday revealed there is a lot of abuse of power, corruption and widespread exploitation involved in the hiring of foreign workers in the country.

Chief Commissioner Latheefa Koya said certain agents and individuals were taking advantage of foreign workers wishing to enter the country.

“The (corruption) issue involving foreign workers is huge. There are foreign workers who come here seeking so-called jobs, but none exist.

“Some come to Malaysia and then there are no documents…there may be traitors who, for example, terminate the recruitment process after the visa has been obtained,” she said after the panel discussion at the 2019 Malaysia Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit here today.

Latheefa said most of the foreign workers detained in the country were due to immigration offences, such as not possessing valid travel documents.

“Many foreign workers who come to this country do not use illegal routes but they are brought in by agents.”

In the meantime, she suggested for the entry process of foreign workers – which was currently conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs – be returned to the Ministry of Human Resources.

“The MACC sees there is a need to improve the system in the hiring process, as the Ministry of Human Resources knows more about how many job opportunities are available here for foreigners.”

The 2019 Malaysia SDG Summit, with the theme ‘Accelerating Progress on the SDGs: Whole of Nation Approach’, is expected to contribute ideas and strategies to move forward with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as strengthen partnerships through a nationwide approach.

Separately, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said a total of 29,000 investigation papers involving commercial crime cases are still unsolved since 2005.

He said the number of these cases is terrifying and demonstrated as though police failed to take action on  cases reported by the public

“Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Mohd Zakaria Ahmad chaired a meeting to review the 55,000 dormant cases. Actually, those cases are from 2005 which includes over 7,800 cases filed on counterfeit money.

“Since June, the number of dormant cases had been drastically reduced,” he said after launching the Commercial Crime Investigation Manual and Commercial CCID’s Investigative Directives Handbook at the Royal Malaysian Police College in Cheras, here.

Abdul Hamid said there was a possibility that a large number of dormant cases was because of the frequent transfers of officers investigating the cases.

“Besides, police are reviewing if the reasons for the cases being dormant were due to misappropriation and negligence, laziness or if there was an agenda to protect (certain people).”

Thus, Abdul Hamid also warned that every case filed would not be deemed as outdated and not easily discontinue their investigations.

– Bernama