KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 3): Some 91.1% or 1.4 million foreign workers in the country are provided with accommodation that does not comply with provisions under the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 or Act 446.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said he found the statistics “very worrying”, especially with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“The government had received applications for a certificate of accommodation for only 143,587 or 8.89% of the 1.6 million [registered] foreign workers in the country as of Oct 31.
“This situation clearly shows that employers and providers of centralised accommodation for the 1.4 million foreign workers in Malaysia still fail to apply for the certificate from the Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM),” he said.
He told reporters this at a special press conference here today, which was also attended by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.