No 3rd party firm appointed for foreign worker recalibration scheme

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 Jan 2021:

The Immigration Department has not appointed any third parties to manage its Recalibration Programme, said its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

As such, he advised the public not to deal with any party claiming to be an agent or third party offering such services for a certain fee.

“Registration for this programme can be done directly at the website www.imi.gov.my,” he said in a statement today.

Anyone having any queries regarding the programme can get the required information via Sistem Pertanyaan Online (SPO) at http://eapp.imi.gov.my/spo.

The department’s Illegal Immigration Recalibration Plan has two main components – Return Recalibration Programme, and Labour Recalibration Programme.

Both kicked off on 16 Nov 2020 with the cooperation of the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia and other government agencies – without the involvement of vendors or third parties.

The Return Recalibration Programme allows illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin voluntarily, subject to certain conditions, while the Labour Recalibration Programme regularises illegal immigrants in the country as foreign workers who could be employed by eligible employers.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) will study the request by industry players in the timber, plantation and glove sectors for exemption from the government’s freeze on foreign workers recruitment.

Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali noted the request was made based on labour shortage these three sectors were facing.

“I have directed the ministry to prepare a working paper on the importance of the sectors in the country as well as other sectors that are facing problems, such as tourism.

“On that matter, we will look at aspects where we could assist and give an exemption to the plantation and furniture sectors, subject to government approval.”

He nevertheless stressed priority would be given to locals in the hiring of workers.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan on June 22 last year was reported as saying the recruitment of foreign workers in all sectors has been frozen until the end of 2020, with locals given priority in employment opportunities.

Meanwhile, furniture factory HeveaPac Sdn Bhd executive director Peh Ju Chai said the company – which had been operating since 2001 in Serdang – currently employs 2,200 employees from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal.

“We are facing a shortage of workers and are trying to find locals, (but) most of them are not interested because this work is 3D (dangerous, dirty and difficult).

“I have even tried recruiting from the Orang Asli community and Sarawakians. The furniture sector in Malaysia has a bright future and we hope the government can help provide us with more workers.”

– Bernama