Malaysia launches redeployment initiative for laid-off workers

The human resources ministry in Malaysia is working to reduce cases of local and foreign workers losing their jobs through the redeployment initiative
By: | August 24, 2020

The Ministry of Human Resources in Malaysia has launched a redeployment initiative to minimise cases of workers losing their jobs.

It was discovered by the ministry that many local workers and foreign workers who still have valid work permits were being terminated by their employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Human Resource minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said the redeployment initiative, which is handled by the ministry, involves online registration by the workers through agencies such as the Department of Manpower Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM), Social Security Organisation (Socso) and also Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd (PSMB).

“The ministry calls on employers to give priority to local workers to fill the vacancies that exist at their premises,” he said in a statement on August 23.

“If there is no response from local workers, then the employer is given the flexibility to hire foreign workers who have been laid off by their previous employer.”

He said for employers who need foreign workers, they could fill the vacancies at their premises with foreign workers only when there is no response from local workers, and the foreign workers they could employ are those with valid permit who were laid off.

“This is because the government has given permission for redeployment of workers by way of replacing the employers for foreign workers in the same sector, as well as other sectors depending on the case,” he added.