MALAYSIA’S ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS – MANPOWER TRADE IS EVIL BIG BUSINESS AND GLOBAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO ADDRESS IRREGULARITIES!

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“I do not believe in the fallacy portrayed by the industry that local are difficult to get as they do not like the dirty, dangerous jobs!

Ultimately, if the salaries are good, and the working conditions and benefits adequate I see no reason why we cannot have locals filling the gaps where there are currently foreigners!”

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“So the fact remains, this is one industry that can only be changed if customers buying products or services from developed countries and emerging economies boycott these company’s product to drive home standards and embarrass the hands that feed them globally!”

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MALAYSIA’S ASEAN/APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS – MANPOWER TRADE IS EVIL BIG BUSINESS AND GLOBAL ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO ADDRESS IRREGULARITIES!

Let us be honest – manpower is big business!

There are Ministers, politicians, cronies, civil servants, brokers, agencies involved in this multi-billion ringgit industry!

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In countries like Bangladesh and Nepal , this is a very lucrative business!

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In essence the foreign workers industry is corrupt to the core!

That is why unlike Singapore, many foreign workers dependent countries do not have a consistent policy and formula addressing foreign workers industry and issues.

So you hear something said in public but what takes place behind closed doors is another!

And believe me – there are only a few good men and women in this industry!

It is extremely difficult for one to survive unless you are an insider and support the philosophy that binds them – total greed!

One thing is very common among the stakeholders and players of this industry.

The generation of wealth from the gains made from workers desperate to go abroad to earn a wage much higher than the home state so that families can have a higher standard of life!

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In countries like Bangladesh, it is a racket, a beehives of “thieves and robbers’ in suits, fancy cars, high positions in government and the civil society.

And there is a difference – while foreign workers from most source countries venture into a foreign land for a tenure of years, Bangladeshis on the other hand predominantly, are actually economic migrants masquerading as workers.

In one country, where Bangladeshis are very popular among politicians, cronies, civil servants, manpower agents, as the monies collected directly, indirectly or through proxies will make one a multi-millionaire – you can see how they have continued to remain in the country, married local women, started a business, some big business, and some even managed to get local identity cards and these days, honorifics?

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Monies by the suitcases and in cash is no problem, as long as you can deliver a major quota!

So the only way to address this, they know you need to have within your control politicians, from a ruling dominant party in a country, who has access to the decision makers!

And policymakers and politicians know fully well, that these are political war lords from where you have delegates voting bloc, one cannot afford to upset them and politically expect to survive!

So it is a symbiotic relationship!

So for example, you may have situations where approvals are given for DP10, which is a professional visa but who comes through are ordinary unskilled workers from Bangladesh, only to end up illegal, when the following year they are unable to provide legal justification of tax returns and other documents to justify their work visa.

Currently, I am advised over RM50 million have already changed hands for such an arrangement, but, the papers are still lying on the desk of a senior civil servant despite ministerial approval as he refuses to go forward!

The political war lords are furious!

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These predators need such business from ill-gotten gains of this trade, to satisfy their lust of the bourgeoisie lifestyles of patronizing high end entertainment and food, property, cars, women, travel and indulging in many other vice?

Can you stop the trade by local action?

Certainly not, as they are entrenched far too strongly.

We are told rightly or wrongly that they are the untouchables!

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So the fact remains, this is one industry that can only be changed if customers buying products or services in developed countries and emerging economies boycott these company’s product to drive home standards and embarrass the hands that feed them globally!

As a global advocate of zero fee for foreign worker’s employment and successful implementer in several countries, I know the alternative practice can be initiated despite greed, hurdles and attempts to waylay the process by the cartel!

And why?

I do not disagree that in emerging economies and developing countries, foreign labor is an important part of the economy.

Using migrant labor can contribute to the development of a country, but it can also cause economic problems when implemented with criminal intentions.

We must always remember the cardinal rule in the employment of foreigners!

Not at the expense of the locals by suppressing wages demands and a higher standard of living of the domestic population!

All the domestic sectors, be they plantation, construction, manufacturing, agriculture or services are currently doing it for obsession for higher profits and huge take home salaries and bonuses for the elite of the industry’s management players and their shareholders abroad, while giving lip service to calls for accountability, good industrial, labor, compliance and management practices!

Now what are some of the advantages and drawbacks of expatriate labor for a country’s economy?

The development of countries such as Singapore, Brunei, the Gulf countries, and even the US has been helped greatly by millions of foreign workers.

While foreign workers are cheap and quick, they can also cause problems for the economy of the country.

This is why we need a ‘black hand free’ and a balanced approach to employing foreign workers.

To me the concept of cheap labor is criminal!

They also destabilize the local labor force from seeking higher wages!

Of course, let us be honest, that is why multi and trans-national companies are investing in countries where there is cheap human resources!

Not because they have seen the light and have the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior and Lord!

As such for me the basic minimal wage should be USD500.00 for starters in emerging economies and developing countries!

So if you are using cheap unskilled work force from Bangladesh, India, Nepal or the Philippines at USD 285.00 and they through their desperation are alright with it – this does not make it right!

I do not believe in the fallacy portrayed by the industry that local are difficult to get as they do not like the dirty, low, dangerous jobs!

Ultimately, if the salaries are good, and the working conditions and benefits adequate I see no reason why we cannot have locals filling the gaps where there are currently foreigners!

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CASSA is soon to launch OIPAM – OPS ISI PENUH ANAK MALAYSIA ( Operation Priority Local Hire) in several states in October 2016 by several heads of states!

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From our dialogues and interactions, with national stakeholders, we were overwhelmed that they were desirous to work alongside CASSA for this major national and international initiative!

This would be all round good for any nation and stop the loss of foreign exchange especially at a time a country is facing multilevel challenges from being a failed state!

Finally, I need not say more about the challenges on internal security having millions of foreigners in a country and the pressure it exerts on demographic space of the locals, services as healthcare, housing and food resources!

We are reminded of the fallout in the UK and Brexit!

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One final point – I do not expect any change for the better in this sector, as there are far too many powerful forces and political tentacles entrenched to maintain the status quo!

And this, despite the hypocrisy of delivering speeches in and out of the country of holistic change by policymakers and politicians in the region?

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But voices like mine and others, will continue within the various corridors of power in the ASEAN/APEC constituencies to bring about change that we can all believe in!

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