Malaysia's Human Resource Ministry has made it mandatory for employers to post job vacancies on the JobsMalaysia portal in order to prioritise the hiring of local workers, as reported in The Borneo Post.
As shared in the Dewan Rakyat, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said that according to records from the Labour Department (JTK), the approval rate for job applications submitted by foreigners stood at only between 25-30%.
He added, per The Borneo Post: “It shows that the ministry has given the highest priority to local workers over foreigners, where JTK will first examine (the applications submitted by) employers who wish to hire foreign workers based on the needs of the industry.”
On a related note, Datuk Mahfuz Omar has clarified that employers are allowed to make weekly salary payment to employees, and that the practise is not against the law.
As reported in New Straits Times, he said: "According to the laws of the country, we have nothing against employers paying salaries weekly, whether the wages are calculated by the hour, day, week or month."
He added: "The condition is that the limit of wages paid must not exceed one month," when answering a question from Nor Azrina Surip (PKR-Merbok) in the Dewan Rakyat.
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