Employment of Foreign WorkerIn Malaysia, foreign workers can be employed in the manufacturing, construction, plantation, agriculture, services sector and domestic help.Services Sector Consists of eleven sub sectors: (restaurant, cleaning services, cargo handling, launderette, caddy in golf club, barber, wholesale / retail, textile, metal / scraps / recycle activities, welfare homes and hotel / resort Iceland.Only nationals from the countries specified below are allowed to work in the selected sectors:Approved SectorsManufacturingPlantationAgricultureConstructionServices SectorNationals of:IndonesiaCambodiaNepalMyanmarLaosVietnamPhilippines (male only)PakistanSri LankaThailandTurkmenistanUzbekistanKazakhstanThough has always been a high demand of foreign workers to work in the plantation sectors in Malaysia there, yet this sector has always been critisized due to the low wages being paid to the workers.January 1995,A leading planter Argued that Malaysia should allow a free flow of workers among the six ASEAN countries to resolve labor shortages and Surplus. A. Navamunkundan of the National Union of Plantation Workers (NUPW), one of the world’s largest farm worker unions, countered that the solution to plantation labor shortages in Malaysia is “to uplift the image of the plantation industry by providing high wages and good employment benefits for the workers. ” If plantations were considered “industrial agriculture,” they might be expected to pay wages and attract factory workers now pouring into electronics and other factories.January 1, 1994, Malaysia banned the recruitment of unskilled and semi-skilled foreign workers, but permitted exceptions in some cases for employers who recruited foreign workers directly. Malaysia 70 required local for every 30 foreign workers in most Malaysian workplaces, but granted exceptions to sectors such as plantations.Malaysia’s plantation sector should come under the ambit of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry and be accorded the same privileges and benefits that settlers covered by the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) enjoy, the Malaysian Socialist Party (PPP) said.Humayun Kabir by (16/10/2009)Nov 19 2009Oil palm plantation and rubber estate workers gathered at the Parliament of Malaysia protested against the statement of Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Bernard Dompok’s that the workers were above the poverty line. The statement would Provide a reason for depriving access to government benefits allocated to plantation workers. Dompok said the net income of an oil palm harvester was about 1.700 and a rubber tapper RM earned around RM 870, Which were far higher than the rural poverty line of RM 720 a month. However, the immediate study conducted by workers showed that the average wage of these laborers is lower than 700th RM The workers Demanded that the minister visit the estates and to gather evidence of their wealth and the availability of the said facilities.Recently there hase been a huge demand of Nepalese workers for plantation / reforestration sectors in Malaysia from the state of Sabah and Sarawak.
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