IPOH: May 6, 2008
The Perak Government will take action against employers who hire foreign workers when they could have taken in locals, state executive councillor A. Sivanesan said.
He admitted that there were situations where Malaysians refused to take up jobs especially those in the plantation and construction sectors.
“However, some employers have been abusing this system.
They have been employing foreign workers just because they are cheaper (their wages are lower than the locals'),” he told reporters after a state-level MTUC dinner held in conjunction with Workers Day at the State Secretariat here on Sunday.
Sivanesan was commenting on a plea from Perak MTUC chairman Muhd Fadzil Abdul Rashid who had urged the Government to act in cases where employers were “victimising” local workers by hiring foreigners.
Sivanesan, however, did not specifically mention how or what action the state could take against the employers.
He added that besides the state government, the Industrial Relations Department could also take action against such employers.