27 November 2018
PETALING JAYA: Many Malaysians are willing to take on dirty, dangerous and difficult (3D) jobs in other countries despite the social stigma as the higher pay they receive there is seen as adequate compensation, says Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran.
In a recent statement in the Dewan Rakyat, Kulasegaran said most Malaysians, especially the youth, were reluctant to do 3D jobs here because wages were low.
He said many might be willing to work such jobs if they were paid more, citing countries such as Singapore and Australia where wages are higher and incentives better.
Malaysian Trades Union Congress secretary-general J Solomon agreed that wages were an essential factor in attracting workers to any sector.
He said the meagre wages paid to workers in Malaysia coupled with the wide income gap had forced many to seek greener pastures outside the country.
In Singapore and Australia, he said, Malaysians still received lower wages than locals for 3D jobs. They were also subject to discrimination and exploitation by some employers.
“In reality, the greener pastures are not truly green since they still work unskilled jobs, but they have the consolation of receiving higher wages than they would in Malaysia,” he said, adding that workers’ salaries could be up to five times more than they would have received here.
Solomon said the majority of Malaysians were in fact willing to work hard, voicing frustration that their wages were often not commensurate with their labour.
He warned that productive workers would eventually become unproductive if the situation continued.
Even graduates working skilled jobs were often exploited and poorly remunerated, he said, citing a recent report received by MTUC on the death of two young graduates who were allegedly forced to work until the early hours of the morning over a period of weeks.
Solomon previously said all sections of the population needed to play a role in ensuring that Malaysian workers are productively employed in the country, especially in unskilled jobs.
He told FMT that the government should take action against employers who exploited their workers.
“Substantial penalties should be imposed,” he said. “The minister has correctly said that Malaysian workers who are employed abroad in unskilled jobs will return if they receive a higher wage.”
He also urged the government to appoint Industrial Court heads who would grant awards based on the merit of cases with good conscience and equity.
8 Dec 2016
Malaysians can fill jobs left by Myanmar workers, says deputy minister
KUALA LUMPUR – Any decision by Myanmar to stop sending workers to Malaysia will not badly affect the country as Malaysians will be asked to fill the vacancies, says Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abdul Muttalib.
He said that besides Myanmar, there are also 14 other source countries, including Indonesia and Bangladesh, where employers could recruit from.
“Furthermore, we want to encourage more local workers to fill up any vacancies.
“That is why we have continuous programmes tailored to recruit local workers,” he told reporters at the closing ceremony of Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) Conference and Exhibition 2016 closing ceremony, yesterday.
He was commenting on reports that the Myanmar government has suspended sending workers to Malaysia following a diplomatic tiff between the two countries over the plight of Rohingyas in the Rakhine state in Myanmar.
According to Myanmar Times, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population released a statement announcing the suspension of the programme to send workers to Malaysia which was confirmed by the Myanmar Employment Agencies Federation.
29 Feb 2016
They could earn up to S $ 1.800, or about RM5,400 based on the current exchange rate, a far cry from what they would take home if they did the same work in Malaysia.
Hard work pays off better across the Causeway, say Malaysian odd job workers http://dlvr.it/KdtfmS
Published: 29 February 2016 6:43 AM
When Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia needed migrant workers because local youth shunned manual labor, Zul could only shake his head in disbelief.
Every day, the young graduate crosses the gridlocked Causeway from Johor Baru to Singapore to do exactly the kind of work migrant laborers do in Malaysia – dirty, dangerous and difficult, also known as “3D”.
Zul, 22, has been doing it for three years for one sole reason, the higher salary.
“I earn way more than I ever did in Malaysia. Even though the work is tough, the salary makes up for it,” Zulkifli told The Malaysian Insider when met in Woodlands, Singapore, recently.
“It’s not true that Malaysians are unwilling to do 3D work. Otherwise, why do you find so many Malaysians in Singapore and Australia looking for such jobs? It’s because the pay in Malaysia is not enough.”
The Malaysian Insider previously reported that more than 400,000 Malaysians work in Singapore as of 2012, the majority of them in blue-collar jobs.
Some, like Zul, forked out about RM2,000 to apply for a permit and for other legal paperwork needed to hold a job legally in the republic.
Others without permits would gather around Woodlands every weekday morning, waiting to be picked up by employers looking for day-job workers.
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19 February 2016
‘Bringing 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers into Malaysia is purportedly one of the ways Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi plans to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and take over his position.’
That is what Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs Alliance of Malaysia (Ikhlas) president Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah has claimed.
“Ikhlas sees that his (Zahid) goals are almost achieved and we see there are elements of it that want to topple the prime minister.
“Yesterday the prime minister released a statement saying he will discuss with his deputy about the huge number, that is, 1.5 million (Bangladeshi workers) but Zahid still signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday,” Mohd Ridzuan said.
He was speaking to reporters outside the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur today.
The government today announced it has put on hold the recruitment of workers from all source countries until it ascertains the actual manpower needs of industries.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the suspension would also enable the government to review the revised two-category levy on foreign workers.
He also said that the government would focus on the foreign worker rehiring programme and step up enforcement to ensure that no more foreigners entered the country as workers.
“Foreign workers without valid documents or have overstayed in the country will be arrested and sent back to their country of origin,” he said at a casual meeting with soldiers at the Muara Tuang Camp, Sarawak.
He said enforcement against illegal foreign workers would be stepped up and implemented on a large scale in the country.
To justify the policy of bringing in 1.5 million Bangladeshis, the Government says that Malaysians don’t want 3D jobs, those that are Dangerous, Dirty and Difficult.
Some Very Big Shot’s daughter, a datuk herself, says Malaysians are malas.
16 February 2016
TPM telah mula kerja-kerja 3D (Dirty, Difficult & Dangerous). Msia tak perlu Bangla lagi!! :))
Foreign worker issue – zip it, DPM’s daughter told
The deputy prime minister’s daughter, Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, should stop commenting on the foreign workers issue because she does not represent the government, an NGO says.
Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs Alliance of Malaysia (Ikhlas) president Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah said Nurulhidayah’s remarks could also adversely affect Umno.
“She does not represent the government, so it is best she shut her mouth and sit down quietly.
“Her father is a politician. She shouldn’t ruin the party’s image. Be quiet. You have made enough for yourself, so be quiet and stop talking too much,” he told reporters today.
Mohd Ridzuan said Ikhlas was a ‘pro-government NGO’ but would speak out if an issue affected the majority.
15 February 2016
Zahid’s daughter riled by calls to take up dad’s challenge
Deputy prime minister’s daughter Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid is not happy with being goaded to take up her father’s challenge for Malaysian youths to do the low-paying blue collar jobs now done by migrant workers.
Responding to a posting on popular parody account ‘Amran Fans’, Nurulhidayah said the account administrator and others who commented on the post would have to seek forgiveness from her in the afterlife.
“It’s fun reading these comments. Great. They reflect your brain cells which don’t really connect,” she quipped on her Instagram account @deltanovzulu.
“I will wait for you all to look for me on the Plains of Mashar.
“Even if we don’t know each other in this world, those who create and spread slander will get to know me on the Plains of Mashar,” she said.
The Plains of Mashar in the Quran refers to the place where all of creation is gathered on judgement day.
‘Amran Fans’ had earlier suggested that Nurulhidayah work as a salesperson, supermarket cashier or waitress in taking up her father Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s challenge.
“It is only then that we can tell if Malaysians are lazy as claimed.
“But no, (the authorities) conduct their own research and then say we need to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshis because Malaysians are lazy,” the ‘Amran Fans’ post reads.
According to MTUC, there are 300k Malaysians working the 3D jobs; mostly in Singapore. Due to better pay, benefits
Most employers choose to employ foreigners, not because these workers are willing to take up these jobs but because they are a form of cheap labour and to cut operation costs. It does look like the Malaysian government wants only to protect the interests of business people and not the ordinary Malaysian. Being pro-business is not wrong; but being pro-greed is.
Free Malaysia Today
You’re wrong about M’sians and 3D jobs, Khairy
Malaysian youth do not shun dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs, the claim used to justify bringing in 1.5 million Bangladeshis.
By Satees Muniandy
I refer to the statement by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin that Malaysian youth are shunning jobs considered dirty, dangerous and difficult (3D) hence forcing the government to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshis into the country. Khairy made the statement in defence of his cabinet colleague Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the country’s Home Minister. From my experience as a Municipal Councillor for the past two and a half years, I know for a fact that this claim is totally inaccurate and misleading. In fact, these Umno leaders are only using this excuse to justify bringing in foreigners to enrich certain cronies.
While many local councils outsource their solid waste management totally to private companies like SWM Environment and E-Idaman in line with the Federal Government’s decision to privatise solid waste management nationally, Penang chose not to follow suit and has been handling solid waste management on its own.
In 2013, MPSP, the local government of mainland Penang, began in stages to stop the outsource of solid waste management services and general cleaning works to private companies that employed thousands of foreigners as their general workers.
By 2014, the process was complete. Currently MPSP manages total solid waste management services in Seberang Perai i.e. from collecting household garbage to its dumping in landfills. MPSP also manages general cleaning works – cleaning of drains, cutting of grass, cleaning of parks etc.
MPSP’s decision to stop the outsourcing of work was the result of a directive by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in early 2013 to reduce the state’s reliance on foreign labour in government services.
With the end of outsourcing, 2000 jobs were created for Malaysians. Contrary to the popular belief that locals did not want these jobs, about 2000 Malaysians took up these jobs in MPSP. Now, about 3000+ locals are employed by MPSP to do jobs categorised as 3D. Because of the Public Service Department’s strict regulations for hiring, most of these workers are hired on a contract basis, yet enjoy the benefit of permanent staff.
Every time we conduct interviews for general workers in MPSP, we have thousands of people attending. We can invite Zahid or Khairy for the next interview to witness the huge turnout.
SHAH ALAM: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants local youths to take over jobs categorised as dangerous, dirty and difficult (3D) to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign labour.
The deputy prime minister said this was necessary because foreign workers now dominated in sectors such as the plantation industry, manufacturing, construction, and cleaning services.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the unwillingness of local youths to take up 3D jobs had resulted in the industries hiring foreign migrants.
“This is our problem. It’s not the government but it’s the industry players which want to bring in foreign workers to Malaysia as local workers could only last one to three months working in such sectors.
“I am not challenging the industry players, employers and related unions, but our youths to take up the (3D) jobs in these sectors from the foreign workers,” he said when opening the Selangor Youth Council’s 32nd Annual General Assembly, here, today.
In conclusion, we have evidence at hand at MPSP that Malaysians are not choosy about jobs as claimed by Zahid and Khairy. We also invite them to drop-by at Seberang Perai and see how many Malaysians are holding jobs considered dirty, difficult and dangerous.
Satees Muniandy is the Councillor of Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP).
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The local workers are already doing better in Singapore, reminded the analyst. “They won’t work for a pittance at home. It’s no use the government challenging them to cover up its own weaknesses.”
Free Malaysia Today
Shahbudin: Local youth work for pittance in 3D jobs at home
It’s not the done thing for Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to dare local youth to take up the challenge of 3D jobs in Malaysia without improving working conditions for them.
KUALA LUMPUR: If local youth in the thousands are willing to stand in queue and commute back and forth from Singapore to work mostly in the 3D sector — dirty, difficult and dangerous jobs — on that island, there’s no reason why they would not be willing to do the same thing back home, said a political analyst in his latest blog posting. “The issue is a living wage, fair workplace conditions and reasonable facilities for workers.”
“All that’s missing in Malaysia for local workers. Foreign workers are treated better and provided with all sorts of facilities. They have better working conditions.”
Shahbudin Husin the analyst added that there are many youth in the country who, being not that qualified, know that that they have no choice and are willing to do 3D jobs at home. “However, when they make comparisons with Singapore, the employers back home are found wanting.”
The way to resolve the shortage of local workers for the 3D sector in the country, said the analyst, was not to challenge youth to take up the challenge of being willing to take any job for a start.
The analyst, in commenting on the challenge by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, charged that he was trying to cover up his decision in agreeing to allow the entry of 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh over the next three years.
Zahid is playing politics with the issue of the Bangladeshi workers.”
It seems, said the analyst, the Home Minister is determined to bring in the 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh within the next three years by 2018. “He’s going on the offensive from being earlier on the defensive and shows no signs of backing down.”