Online registration of foreign workers good for employers, says FMM

JUNE MOH


KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) today lauded the introduction of online registration systems for foreign workers, enforced since April 1, saying there are huge benefits for those who utilise the systems.


“We have always supported online processing and advocate for the computerisation of the entire foreign workers recruitment process, from application to yearly renewals until check-out and repatriation,” FMM told the New Straits Times today.


The government recently set up online systems for employers to recruit foreign workers, namely the Foreign Worker Application System (SPPA), Integrated Foreign Workers Management system (ePPAx) and also the MYXpats system for expatriates.


FMM said online application systems provide greater convenience and time-saving, compared to the earlier system. This was because employers could now apply from their offices instead of having to be physically present at immigration offices.


“We do not have to line up in early hours of the morning to get the queue numbers and employers only need be physically present to collect their approvals,” it said.


It said costs should also be reduced as agents are no longer required to submit documents, queue or collect approvals on behalf of the employers.


“There is greater confidentiality to company’s information as compared to hard copies (documents submission) which could be easily duplicated,” FMM said.


FMM said the systems also alleviated the administrative burden of the authorities as each company would need to digitalise their information into the online system which would then be readily accessible throughout different government levels for approvals.

“It is not only green but also saves time, resources, papers and photocopy cost.


“We hope employers are able to track the progress of their online applications at every stage and all documents and information uploaded would be kept safe,” FMM said.


It was reported that all employers applying to hire foreign workers were required to submit necessary documents via online applications, except for foreign domestic helpers from April 1.


Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also Home Minister, said the ruling was applicable for applications for foreign workers from all source countries.


He said the measure was taken to ensure employers were not cheated by employment agents and paying extra costs, besides preventing the agents from taking advantage of foreign workers that were in dire straits.