Foreign workers to be eligible for private healthcare insurance

Source: The Star

IPOH: Foreign workers will be eligible for private healthcare insurance from next year onwards under the Government’s non-profit health insurance scheme, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said.

He said it would be the first target group to have the healthcare insu­rance, and therefore they would be the target group first.

Dr Subramaniam said for the next phase, the ministry would go for other groups.

“We will grow at a pace that we are comfortable with to ensure the success of the initiative.

In May this year, Dr Subrama­niam said that the scheme was aimed at ensuring the cost of private medical treatment in the country remained reasonable and affor­dable.

He said that the Cabinet had approved the scheme and preparations were ongoing, as the ministry would need initial funds to launch it.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry was also looking at a mechanism under the scheme, where purchase of healthcare services from the private medical sectors could be at a reasonable cost.  Read more

Tubuhkan badan bebas untuk pendatang lapor polis korup

Source: FMT News

Tenaganita dakwa anggota polis menyasarkan dan memeras wang dari mangsa yang sama sambil mengancam akan menghantar mereka pulang. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Kerajaan perlu menubuhkan badan bebas untuk pendatang asing melaporkan anggota polis korup yang memeras mereka, kata Tenaganita.

Pengarah Aegile Fernandez kata pendatang asing sering menjadi mangsa anggota polis yang melakukan pemeriksaan tidak sah di mana banyak kes membawa kepada pemerasan wang.

“Perlu ada saluran bebas yang jelas untuk mangsa membuat laporan,” kata Fernandez kepada FMT sambil mencadangkan pendatang asing merujuk kepada Suhakam sebagai saluran untuk membuat laporan.

Fernandez mengulas kes 3 polis peronda yang dikenakan tindakan disiplin selepas dimarahi ketua polis negara yang mengesan mereka melangkaui kuasa dengan memeriksa seorang pendatang asing wanita. Read more

Maintain ban on Cambodian maids, says Tenaganita

Source: FMT News

The freeze should continue until the government makes changes to its institutional framework to ensure the recognition of domestic workers as workers, says Tenaganita executive director. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Tenaganita has called on the Cambodian government to continue to freeze the recruitment of domestic workers to Malaysia for now.

Its executive director, Glorene A Das, said the freeze should continue until the Malaysian government makes changes to its institutional framework to ensure the recognition of domestic workers as workers.

“The Employment Act clearly fails to protect the rights of domestic workers, who continue to be recognised only as ‘servants’ under the act,” Das said.

She said this definition would continue to lead to a relationship of master–servant where the employer had total control over the worker and thus could exploit her.

“Whenever there is publicity over an abuse or death of a domestic worker, the government, through its ministers, gives political assurances that do not convert to a rights protection framework,” Das said in a statement today. Read more

Behind closed doors: A tale of ongoing domestic servitude in Malaysia

Source: Asian Correspondent

Stock image via Multi-share / Shutterstock

Stock image via Multi-share / Shutterstock

SOK Nay still vividly remembers the two weeks she suffered with second-degree burns from kneeling on the hot asphalt outside her employer’s home. She was being punished for incorrectly cleaning a couch.

It was 2009 and she was working for an ethnic Chinese family in the suburbs of Sungai Buloh. It was January and nearing Chinese New Year, so “Madam” was rightfully angry with her error that might have caused embarrassment when family came to visit, she believed.

But she never expected the punishment.

“The couch wasn’t spoilt at all, it was just wet but she didn’t like it, she was very angry so she had me kneel down in front of the house, outside the gate,” Nay, a Cambodian domestic worker in Malaysia at the time, says in a recent interview. Read more

Sabah to provide work permits for illegal immigrants, with strict conditions

Source: New Straits Times

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Pic taken from NST Online

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will be implementing a rehiring programme which will provide illegal immigrants here with valid work permits and the opportunity to work legally.

The six-month programme will commence tomorrow. State immigration director Musa Sulaiman said the initiative is part of the government’s effort to address labour shortages for sectors in which foreigners are permitted to work. Read more

More than one Nepalis die in Malaysia every day

Source: The Kathmandupost

malaysia-20012017082425-1000x0Jan 20, 2017- At least 386 Nepalis died in Malaysia in 2016, according to official statistics, putting the toll twice as high as in Qatar even as the two countries employ a similar number of Nepali workers.

Data acquired by the Post from Nepal’s mission in Malaysia show the fatalities, which account for more than one death per day, occurred from the beginning of January to December 27 last year.

The number is slightly less than that of Nepalis who died in Malaysia in the same period the preceding year when a total of 425 migrants had lost their lives.

The revelation is shocking as the concerned stakeholders were expecting a decrease in deaths due to a sharp fall in the number of new migrants going to Malaysia since the 2015 earthquake. Read more

Pengalaman ngeri diculik sindiket sasar pekerja Bangladesh di Malaysia

Source: FMT News

Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Seorang pekerja Bangladesh menceritakan bagaimana beliau diculik oleh sekumpulan lelaki dan diseksa sebelum diabaikan 5 hari di sebuah hutan di Kuantan, Pahang.

Ahkbar Dhaka Tribune berkata ia merupakan satu taktik penjenayah yang berpakat dengan kumpulan di Bangladesh, dengan menculik rakyat negara itu di Malaysia bagi tujuan mendapatkan wang tebusan daripada keluarganya di tanah air.

“Saya sedang tidur di bilik saya pada malam itu,” Mahbubul Alam, yang bekerja sebagai tukang bersih selama 9 tahun di Malaysia, memberitahu wartawan di Dhaka, beberapa jam selepas pulang.

Menurutnya, beliau didatangi 2 lelaki yang mendakwa pegawai polis yang menyuruhnya ke balai polis.

“Sebaik sahaja keluar, mereka menutup mata saya dan memaksa saya ke dalam sebuah kereta,” katanya. Read more

The status of health rights in Malaysia

Source: The Star2

Migrant workers, both legal and illegal, should not be deprived of their right to effective healthcare. Photo: Filepic

For a country that is only approaching 59 years of age, Malaysia has a pretty good healthcare system.

In fact, according to Health Ministry Planning Division senior deputy director and National Health Financing Unit head Datuk Dr Rozita Halina Tun Hussein, Malaysia has had universal health coverage since the 1980s (when Malaysia was in her 30s).

Also known as universal health care, this means that all Malaysians have access to effective healthcare that does not expose them to financial hardship.

Dr Rozita, who was speaking on Universal Health Coverage in Malaysia at the recent National Symposium on the Right to Health held in Kuala Lumpur, shared that the latest National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) in 2015 indicated that all socioeconomic classes had equal access to healthcare in the country.

In fact, she added that the poorest 20% of the population actually make use of more than 20% of the public health budget, which is financed via general taxation.

In addition, when calculated as part of the percentage of non-food expenditure in an average Malaysian household, healthcare expenses take up a very small amount, compared to other countries. Read more

Cabinet halts intake of new foreign workers, says Zahid

Source: The Star Online

The Star Online filepic of migrant workers in Malaysia.

The Star Online filepic of migrant workers in Malaysia.

BAGAN DATOH: The Cabinet has decided to halt the recruitment of new foreign workers into the country, said Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Deputy Prime Minister said this also meant that the initial plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers was officially scrapped.

“There will not be one, let alone 1.5 million new foreign workers coming into our country.

“Employers who need workers will have to apply to legalise existing foreigners in the country without work permits or whose permits have expired,” he told reporters after handing letters of appointments to new village Chiefs in the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency.

Ahmad Zahid who is also Home Minister said employers had until June 30 to legalise such foreign workers. “The Government is bringing forward the deadline from Dec 31 because employers continuously ignore the chances given to then. Read more

We Ask Stakeholders If Foreign Workers Are Entitled To Equal Rights As Local Employees

Source: Malaysian Digest

In recent years, Malaysia has frequently been linked to human rights abuses in the international media involving migrant workers and and victims of human trafficking.

Malaysia’s human trafficking score was even a topic of international political debate recently when the United States was accused of upgrading Malaysia’s score to Tier 2 Watch List to ensure that we meet the criteria as a signatory of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

FilePic: ANN

FilePic: ANN

According to a report by the Asian Century Institute in 2014, the number of foreign workers in Malaysia rose an alarming 340% to reach 1.8 million by 2010 but have our labour laws kept up with the times to cope with this sudden spike in foreign labour presence in our country?

Malaysia outsources workers from Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka.

They are mostly employed in sectors involving heavy manual labour (the infamously labelled ‘3D’ jobs) in manufacturing, construction, plantation, agricultural and domestic help. However some Malaysians do not realize that they are vital for the economy and treat these workers without respect.

What is more worrying is the increase in the number of cases that make headlines involving Malaysians dispensing vigilante justice without any regard for the law. Read more