Oct 7, 2015

Minister Moots ‘Prohibitive’ Fine For Hiring Illegal Workers

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan revealed today that he is pushing for a new law to increase the punishment for employers who hire illegal workers.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department did not, however, furnish further details on his proposal.

“It is part of my proposal, I am putting a heavy fine on employment of illegals, it is so prohibitive that you won’t even dare to have one illegal worker.

“I can tell you that. It’s coming, it’s a matter of getting the right amendments to the labour laws,” he said during his speech at the launch of the Anti-Corruption and Ethics (ACE) Centre and the signing ceremony between the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Holdings Sdn Bhd and Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) UK at the Matrade building here.

The former Transparency International Malaysia chief also said he is working with the Finance Ministry to reward “clean companies” and punish companies that are not.

“We got to reward the progressive companies and we have to punish the companies that are not progressive in a way that they refuse to change,” he said.

The function was also attended by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy commissioner Datuk Mustafar Ali, CIDB chief executive officer Datuk Judin Abdul Karim, CIDB Holdings Sdn Bhd general manager Latiff Ismail and GIACC co-founder and director Neil Standsbury.

Mustafar said in his speech that the ACE centre is going to be focused on engaging the business community and serve as an online knowledge and resource centre.

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