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FMM slams flip-flop over placement of one-stop centre

FMM In The News: FREE MALAYSIA TODAY, PETALING JAYA, Friday, December 23, 2022 - The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has slammed the government for “backpedalling” on policies on the placement of the one-stop centre for foreign worker recruitment.

Its president, Soh Thian Lai, said the industry was disappointed by the decision to place the one-stop centre back under the home ministry while retaining the one-channel system (OCS) for domestic worker recruitment under the human resources ministry.

The decision was announced by human resources minister V Sivakumar yesterday.

“There is great concern that this flip-flop in the policy will set back business and economic recovery as there would be a recalibration of the policy and system by the home ministry after taking over the foreign worker management,” Soh said in a statement today.

The previous human resources minister, M Saravanan, had said in June that the one-stop centre had been transferred from the home affairs ministry to the human resources ministry in line with the practice in many countries.

Soh said the flip-flop in policies seemed like a regression to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s call for greater efficiency in public service.

“We see this reversal in the management policy now complicating the entire process, making it more challenging as employers have to obtain approvals from two or more ministries or agencies for a single application, leading to further delays,” he said.

He said that while the government had decided to move the OSC for the recruitment of foreign workers back to the home ministry, “the fact is the human resources ministry still handles many aspects relating to foreign worker recruitment and employment”.

“FMM stands firm that a single agency handling the entire foreign worker employment process from end-to-end (recruitment to repatriation) via a single online system is key to ensuring clarity/transparency and greater efficiency of the system and improving investor confidence,” he said.

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