Employers face the risk of having their quota for foreign workers cancelled if they resort to cutting the latter’s salary in order to cover the cost of hiring them. The deal is that the employer must bear all costs including flight ticket and accommodation, said Human Resource Minister for Malaysia Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.
However, the ministry has no authority to meddle with matters related to agents in the worker’s home country.
“Employers must not bear the costs only to have it replaced by cutting the workers’ salaries later. If there were complaints filed by the workers through the digital application Working For Workers (WFW), we will cancel their (employer) quotas.”
Malaysia began to open applications for recruitment of foreign workers on 15 February after a lengthened freeze of recruitment and closed borders due to Covid-19.