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Immigration Dept to propose new policy for issuance of PLKS for foreign workers

KAJANG (Oct 1): The Immigration Department will propose to the government a new policy for the issuance and renewal of the temporary employment visit pass (PLKS) for foreign workers in the country.

Director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the proposal was raised after it was found that several foreign worker housing and amenities had not fulfilled and complied with the minimum standards according to Act 446.

He said the proposal will be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN), Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) and the Manpower Department (JTK) for discussions before the preparation of guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Based on this new policy, employers must comply with Act 446 (the Workers' Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities [Amendment] Act 2019) by obtaining a certificate from the JTK.

''It is only with this certificate that they (employers) will be considered if they could bring in foreign workers or renew the PLKS of existing workers,'' he told a press conference at Eco Majestic, Semenyih near here early on Friday morning.

Khairul Dzaimee said the proposal was brought to the knowledge of the KDN and KSM and if accepted, the SOPs and guidelines could be prepared, adding that should the proposal be enforced next year, it would be applicable to all new foreign workers covering all sectors.

“The department will first refine the proposal paper before tabling it to higher levels for discussions and to get approval. We should not allow employers to provide unsuitable living conditions for their employees,” he said.

Meanwhile, 297 foreigners comprising 112 Indonesians, Bangladeshi (95), Myanmar (66), Vietnamese (13) and Ghanaian (one) nationals were detained following a raid on a workers’ housing from 1am on Friday.

Khairul Dzaimee said the operation was the result of public complaints about overcrowded housing for foreigners in the area which did not comply with hygiene standards and breached Act 446. 

He said the foreigners, who had been detained for investigations under Section 6 (1)(C) for not possessing valid documents and Section 15 (1)(C) for overstaying, would be placed at the Semenyih Immigration Detention Depot.

The detainees will first be taken to the Putrajaya and Seremban District Health Centres to undergo Covid-19 screening, he added.