Malaysians seeking work abroad are advised to use licensed employment agencies
KUALA LUMPUR (November 1): Malaysians seeking to work abroad are advised to hire employment agencies authorized to recruit workers.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said that through the Private Employment Agencies Act 1981 (Act 246) any business intending to recruit local job seekers to work outside the country must obtain Category B and C licenses under the law.
“Any company or party that recruits local job seekers to work abroad without a license, can be fined up to RM200,000 or up to three years’ imprisonment or both. “he said during the oral question-and-answer session. at Dewan Rakyat today.
He was responding to a question from Datuk Shahudin Yahaya (Bersatu-Tasek Gelugor) on whether high wages were the reason Malaysians were willing to work illegally in Australia and what measures were being taken to prevent further there become forced laborers.
Awang said until today that there have been no complaints against private employment agencies licensed under Law 246 regarding the exploitation of Malaysians working overseas.
Meanwhile, he admitted that being paid high wages in developed countries like Australia and South Korea attracted Malaysians to those countries for work.
“In Australia the minimum wage is AS $ 20.33 or the equivalent of RM84.28 per hour while in South Korea the minimum wage is US $ 8 per hour or equivalent to 33.16 RM per hour, this is indirectly what pushes locals to look for a job there, ”he said. – Bernama