We refer to the Proposal of the newly appointed Selangor Menteri Besar, YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim on the monthly RM 10.00 Foreign Workers fees as his first mission as the Menteri Besar of Selangor as reported in Oriental Daily on Tuesday March 25, 2008.
In the similar press conference with the Chinese Media, YAB Menteri Besar targeted 1.5 million foreign workers’ employers to pay about RM 1.0 billion for his “Human Development Programs” to provide the training and re-training for the Selangor Youth as to improve their earning to RM 2,000 bracket.
With our due respect for YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s honorable plan; it is equally important to invite the stakeholders for a constructive engagement discussion prior to a highlighted press conference that disturbed the Federation of Malaysia Employers, Foreign Missions, Migrant workers activists and grassroots social workers.
According to Malaysia Federation of Employers unnamed member, the additional fee imposed by the Selangor State Government is a redundant replica of Malaysia Federal Government where MVLKS and other certifications have already in places.
MFE already pay the taxes and levies towards such programs; it is unwise for the newly elected Selangor Government to impose such an additional fees. Besides in many situations the fees will be passed to foreign workers whom already earn far below the industry standard.
Senator Prof. Salleh had mentioned about the corruption and mal-practices in the Human Resources training programs which had failed to train and re-trains the unemployed graduate; it has also created many bankruptcies cases among the political cronies
We, at Migrant Care strongly oppose to such foreign workers’ fee because:
1. The average gross earning of the migrant workers in the factory is about RM 800 per month which is far below the poverty line of Selangor state of RM 1,500/month.
If the employers comply with the standard government tariff, the levy is RM 150 per month, Medical Check up is RM 20 per month, Insurance about RM 8 per month, EPF RM 72 per month, and Outsourcing Administrative cost RM 20. Migrant workers have to incur at least RM 270/month official deduction. This has not include the rental and meal deduction from the Salary.
2. Majority of the workers has to pay the immigration levies much higher than the official tariff. For example, the official rate for construction workers levy RM 1,200 but the workers actually pay between RM 2,800 to RM 3,500 per years. Rate for Service sector is RM 1,800 but were force to deduct up to RM 2,800. Additional fees imposed will add to rampant exploitative abuses to pass on to the migrant workers.
3. Many Outsourcing Agents also imposed RM 20 per month management fees to be deducted from the migrant workers. An official Placement fee for outsourced Bangladeshi workers is Takal 80,000(RM 4,300), but the workers were forced to pay RM 8,000 to RM 12,000. They have to work for at least one year for free just to pay off the middleman in Malaysia and Bangladesh.
4. In the plantation sector, the average daily wage for the migrant workers is RM 7-9 per day (RM 270 per month) as compare to RM 19.35 per day paid to the Malaysia Plantation Workers Union.
The additional fees will add burden to the migrant workers which will add to the numbers of illegal that branded as social problems to Malaysia Community.
It’s timely for the KeAdilan administration to walk the talk rather than replicating the Federal Government’s failures into the new administration.
The decision to impose the new foreign workers fees will create more social problems to our society. It is better to initiate the repatriation of these migrant workers than to expose them to the multiple exploitative agenda.
We urge YAB Tan Sri Khalid not to replicate the failure of the Malaysia Federal government that led the Coalition government into the unwarranted mal-practices that bring injustice to the migrant workers through the People Justice Party
Jakarta, Tuesday, March 25, 2008
ANIS HIDAYAH (Executive Director) +6281578722874
WAHYU SUSILO (Policy Analyst) +628129307964
ALEX ONG (Malaysia Representative) +60163121201
By Alex Ong
Perhimpunan Indonesia untuk Buruh Migran Berdaulat
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