Monday, September 27, 2010

Malaysia's comprehensive foreign workers management system soon...

Well, the government is saying that they will be improving the situation of migrant workers...and they will also be looking into accommodation conditions - but really still no real details.

TANGKAK: The Government is planning to introduce a comprehensive foreign workers management system to ensure they receive proper care, remunerations, and other needs in the country.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the system, when implemented, would also resolve many issues related to foreign workers, including those who come illegally.

Speaking to reporters here, he said the Home Ministry, with support from other ministries, including his ministry, had started to conduct studies on the plan.

“Our aim is to provide a management system on the foreign workers and to ensure they receive proper care and remuneration.

“At the same time, the system will also identify those who enter the country without documents and work permits,” he said before launching the Tangkak Bell Youth Clubs donation drive on Sunday.

Dr Subramaniam said it was important for such a system to be implemented as it could help the Government to determine the number of foreign workers needed in the country.

He said the Government would know which sectors needed workers and how many were needed, adding that, this would flush out those working illegally in the country.

He said that those who entered illegally but found no employment had caused problems as they sometimes turned to negative activities, including crime.

He said their large number also caused difficulty for industries that needed foreign workers but could not find sufficient number of workers.

He said the management system, when implemented, would provide a long-term measure to resolve issues related to foreign workers in the country.

Dr Subramaniam also urged the local government authorities to look into the living quarters for foreign workers to ensure their living areas were clean and healthy.

“We don’t want the workers to live in dirty surroundings, which can cause health problems, especially dengue fever,” he said. - Star, 27/9/2010, Comprehensive foreign workers management system in the works

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trial of Jaya Supermarket 'killers' of 7 workers have started - but when is the next date?


Remember the 7 workers that were killed at the Jaya Supermarket during an 'unapproved' demolition of the building...well, finally it has been reported that 2 construction companies have been charged. But, my concern is with regard to the workers that died - were their families/dependents compensated for the unnecessary death...

Now, it is important for groups that are concerned about Human Rights, including the Bar Council, to pay special attention to this case. Maybe, watching  briefs need to held by lawyers representing the families/dependents of the deceased workers - and when the companies have been found guilty, maybe a civil suit should be commenced against these companies for the loss of lives of these workers.

Wonder whether the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (the PJ Local Council) and the Selangor State government is holding a watching brief in this case to ensure that justice is done....

PETALING JAYA: Two construction companies were separately charged in the Sessions Court here Tuesday with failing to meet safety standards over the collapse of the Jaya Supermarket.

Directors Yap Choon Wai, of CW Yap Sdn Bhd, and Jason Hee Kok Hing, of Lian Hup Earth Work and Construction Sdn Bhd, appeared on behalf of their companies and pleaded not guilty to the offences.

The offences were allegedly committed on May 28 last year, around 5pm, at the former Jaya Supermarket site along Jalan Semangat here.

One of Petaling Jaya's oldest landmarks, the building in Section 14, had been vacant since early 2008 as there were plans to redevelop the site.

The structure collapsed before demolition works could start, killing seven workers. - Star, 21/9/2010, Two construction companies charged with Jaya Supermarket collapse

See earlier related posts:-

State Government cannot set up Selangor Royal Commissions of Inquiry - this is just an excuse, is it not?

Royal Commission of Inquiry for 7 workers who were killed in 'unapproved' demolition work of Jaya Supermarket building - Petaling Jaya, Selangor?? 

Jaya Supermarket Collapse: 7 Workers dead - Is there a 'cover-up'?

PJ Local Council's responsibility in the death of 7 Jaya Supermarket incident cannot be ignored...

Jaya Supermarlet Demolition tragedy :- Pictures reveal 'mistakes' that resulted in 7 dead workers

Worker Safety is not a BN priority - Occupational Safety and Health is no more important - 90% Transportation Companies...90% Estates..