Thursday 17 April 2008

Slave labour wage rates in Malaysia

It has been reported in the local press:

Malaysia wants zero dependence on foreign workers!

Syed Hamid Albar

Home Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Albar said the Government wants to do away with foreign workers as their numbers – both legal and illegal – have reached three million, yes 3,000,000.

If that is the government figure, one could realistic expect this to be a serious under-estimation, but 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 million, whatever the actual total number is, it is far too high.

He said he would seek the cooperation of the Human Resources Ministry to find ways to reduce the demand for foreign workers.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Immigration Department headquarters in Putrajaya on 15th April 2008, he said the move would also ensure that there would be no unemployment among Malaysians.

The cooperation of employers was most important since they created the demand for foreign workers and this had also caused illegal and legal foreigner workers to enter the country in unabated.

“We want to see the demand for foreigners totally scrapped, that is our aim. We need cooperation from those who are seeking workers.”

“We need a collective and planned effort from all quarters including the Human Resources Ministry to ensure that we depend only on our own citizens,” adding that illegal foreign workers were one of the biggest problems the ministry was facing.

When asked regarding employers offering more attractive salaries, allowances, benefits and better term of employment for locals to take over jobs that were now dominated by low paid foreigners, he said “for an unemployed Malaysian any job would be attractive”.

The social inequality being measured

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What utter insensitive, arrogant and uninformed BULLSHIT, one shudders to think that this guy was formerly Malaysia's foreign minister!

If you want to see his calibre, watch his performance on the BBC Hard Talk Programme HERE

Syed Hamid has, by saying what he was reported to have said, made it impossible for the virtual slave-labour jobs, to be converted into jobs which a person can expect to be paid a living wage. The status quo will thus remain ad infinitum.

Consequently no Malaysians will ever be able to replace the poor unfortunate foreign workers, who are willing, or forced, to work like slaves for a pittance, see my earlier post HERE

Sol omnibus lucet

- The sun shines upon us all

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