HR Ministry proposes deducting 20% foreign workers’ salaries for Socso to prevent runaways - Nation

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Human Resources Ministry has proposed that employers deduct 20% of their foreign workers' basic salaries for Socso and to prevent them from fleeing their jobs.Its Minister M. Kula Segaran said the proposal was to avoid employers incurring losses on investments to bring the workers in.The 20% deducted should be remitted to the Social Security Organisation (Socso), he added.He said the issue of foreign workers fleeing was among major problems faced by employers.“The proposal was submitted to the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) last week and it is open for discussion among stakeholders before it is finalised.“If implemented, it is a win-win situation for employers and workers as both parties will benefit from the deduction,” he told a press conference after a dialogue session with 60 employers in the rubber glove industry here Saturday (Dec 15).Kula Segaran said the 20% deduction of foreign workers' wages would be kept in Socso, to be handed over to them when they leave the country, after their work permits expire.“The issue has also been raised in the meeting and the majority of employers welcomed the proposal,” he said, adding that the government did not set any timeframe for the implementation and would leave it to the industry players whether to accept or reject the proposal.He said the proposal was not new to the industry as it had been implemented in Japan and South Korea and it was successful in addressing the issue of foreign workers fleeing.

Source:The Star

December 15, 2018 12:00 UTC

Frog jumping is bad, Umno defectors should quit seats before joining Pakatan, says DAP - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Former Umno leaders should relinquish their elected positions before joining any Pakatan Harapan component parties, says DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai (pic).“DAP has always been firm on our stand and opposes the ‘frog-leaping’ culture as it is a betrayal to people and public trust, especially one elected as a people’s representative under a certain party's banner.“We always maintain that if the party that you opted to cross to differs vastly from your political principles and beliefs, you must relinquish the position held previously,” said Tan, referring to the parliamentary and state assembly seats held by the defecting Umno leaders.“There are Pakatan coalition members who felt that leaders from other political parties are allowed to cross over (to Pakatan) if they have a clean political background.“This means they must not be corrupted and have no criminal records,” he said after the launch of Foton 3S centre at, Jalan Pemberita U1/49 Temasya Industrial Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam on Saturday (Dec 15).Tan was commenting on the exodus of the Umno MPs and assemblymen from the party.Six Umno MPs announced their resignation on Friday (Dec 15), while five MPs, two senators and nine assemblymen from Sabah Umno left the party on Wednesday (Dec 12).Tan added that DAP has always been advocating an anti-party-hopping law.“But for it to be enacted, there must be a consensus of all component parties of Pakatan,” he said

Source:The Star

December 15, 2018 11:48 UTC

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