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FMM PRESS STATEMENT: Do Not Delay Foreign Workers Approval, Continue with Current Procedure

Kuala Lumpur, August 12, 2022 – With regards to the August 5, 2022 media statement by the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) on the temporary stoppage of the foreign worker application process from August 15 to August 31, 2022, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) views that the current foreign worker application procedure should not be stopped because it would disrupt the current economy recovery. The procedure includes the decentralisation of the interview process via the One Stop Centre at the state labour offices to allow the industry a seamless process of foreign worker application.

The media statement explained that the cessation of the application process for foreign workers within this period is to enable the revision to the application procedure for foreign workers following the amendments to the Employment Act 1955 (Amendment 2022) which will come into force on September 1, 2022 and that new procedure for the application of foreign worker starting September 1, 2022 will be notified in the near future.

This announcement on the impending changes to the procedure has created much confusion as well as anxiety amongst the industry as many employers are still in the process of replacing their workers who have left during the pandemic period following the freeze in recruitment for a period of two years while others are in the process of expansion due to increase in demand and the need to fulfil backlog in orders.

The request for the current foreign worker application procedure to be maintained is made in light of the following current factors:
  • The decentralisation of the interview process via the One Stop Centre at the state labour offices which was only just introduced from August 1, 2022 is very facilitative to address the bottleneck in the interview process and ease the travelling and congestion at the MOHR One Stop Centre (OSC) at Putrajaya.
  • The frequent suspension of the processing of foreign worker applications (last suspension was from June 1 to June 15, 2022) is very disruptive to the planning of the industries in getting their workers in during this very critical period where industries continue to face numerous challenges to their operations including labour shortages that is impairing their ability to operate at maximum capacity towards business recovery
  • Employers require more time for submitting their applications as worker requirements are dependent on projects and orders. The stoppage and any changes to the procedure will derail the manpower planning of the industry leading to their inability to fulfil their projects and orders.
  • There are still many applications pending processing and approval but the industry requires a very efficient processing system for a quick turnaround on the applications.
As such, FMM reiterates its call for MOHR to maintain the current application procedure and conditions as the labour shortages faced now are extremely serious and impacting the pace of business recovery and ability of businesses to fulfil orders with fear of losing orders and/or customers or face stiff penalties for delays.


Tan Sri Dato’ Soh Thian Lai
President, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers

FMM Advocates Transparency, Integrity and No Corruption

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