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Manufacturers group: Critical to develop foreign worker recruitment policy and system in Malaysia

Manufacturers group: Critical to develop foreign worker recruitment policy and system in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) opined that it is critical and expeditious for Malaysia to have a foreign worker recruitment policy based on a system that supports sector- and company-demand based requirements in order to accelerate business and economic...

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) opined that it is critical and expeditious for Malaysia to have a foreign worker recruitment policy based on a system that supports sector- and company-demand based requirements in order to accelerate business and economic recovery.The policy must be supported by “a credible, consistent and transparent system”, FMM said in a statement today.Public Citizen sent a letter to Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla on Monday, asking the drugmaker to set aside at least two-thirds of its supply this year for developing countries at a reasonable price.While FMM is supportive of the removal of the special quota for foreign workers to certain parties, which could be open to “possible misuse and abuse” resulting in excessive entry and the possibility of foreign worker human trafficking issues, business operations have been hampered by acute manpower challenges in the unskilled manpower positions.“We must work together to bring the acute phase of this pandemic to an end.The statement, signed off by president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai, said FMM had previously indicated that in order for industries — especially export-based companies — to return to pre-pandemic level, the general skill labour conditions this year must have more than a 600,000-strong foreign labour workforce.“This is going to be one of the top access to medicines issues of the coming year.This is to fill the gaps which arose as a result of the sharp drop in foreign workers in the manufacturing sector in 2021 compared with pre-Covid-19 in 2019.04 million and -RM18.

This came about because employers were unable to get replacements for their foreign workers who had returned to their respective countries.Pfizer’s Paxlovid is expected to be a key tool in treating Covid-19 after a clinical trial showed that it reduced hospitalisations in high-risk patients by around 90 per cent.FMM said the situation must be addressed in order to aid business revival, otherwise the recovery could be derailed.We urge the concerned authorities to put their act together to resolve, facilitate and approve the importation of foreign workers urgently, Soh said.But supply of Paxlovid is extremely limited in the short term.“The post-pandemic business landscape is very competitive,’’ he said, adding that companies may lose customers.They also risk possible relocation of manufacturing base by the principal company.The United States has already agreed to buy 20 million courses of the treatment this year, paying Pfizer more than US$10.“Net outflow from foreign investors were at -RM27.

FMM is also seeking more clarity on the foreign worker recruitment process including the changes that have been introduced.This includes the standard operating procedures (SOP) on foreign workers entry and the new terms agreed upon in the memorandum of understanding with the source countries.Pfizer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.It also requests the details be released early including having engagements with the stakeholders to ensure that the procedures are workable and result in a win-win outcome for all.Soh said “any changes should be progressive and enhance efficiency of the system” including moving the entire process online, preferably involving only one ministry/agency for approval.The company has not disclosed how many courses of Paxlovid it expects to sell to low- and middle-income countries through a tiered system in which lower-income countries pay less than upper-middle income and high-income countries.Soh also thanked the government for deferring the implementation of the multi-tier levy mechanism to July 1 this year.36 million was recorded on Friday, followed by RM49.

He is also seeking details of the multi-tier levy to give industries the time to plan and adjust to the new system and to factor in any rise in cost.But the company does not expect those generic companies to be able to provide significant supply until 2023.— Bernama You May Also Like.

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