Demands of Indian Malaysian for a Better Future




Tamil Foundation/Group of Concerned Citizens

Policy Code:

3h Labour

Problem Statement:

There is a labour shortage in Malaysia and therefore there is a demand for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled foreign labour. In particular the employment of unskilled labout has implications for local labour and industrial relations. Foi instane, unskilled labour are not allowed to join unions and there is a tendency to overexploit them. Furthermore there is an inclination by Malaysian employers to use unskilied foreign labour to depress wages of local workers.

Value(s) and Belief(s):

What is clear is that the resolution of our problems and the attainment of our aspirations would require an alternative development strategy that is truly caring and just. Broadly, this would entail a non-communal political system and a development strategy centered on notions of equitable distribution of wealth, democracy, justice and spiritual growth. The demands made here are a step in that direction.

Proposal of Solution:

Therefore we demand that legislations be introduced so that the foreign workers are not employed at the expense of local workers. Foreign workers should be employed only in sectors where there is an acute labour shortage and should not be used to depress the wages of local workers, whose minimum living wage must be protected by law.

Secondly, to ensure that where foreign workers are employed, they must benefit from a Malaysian sense of justice and are treated on par with local workers, enjoying the same wages, union membership and social security. Their rights must be protected.


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