ARE DOCUMENTED AND UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGN WORKERS CREATING COVID HAVENS IN MALAYSIA ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

ARE DOCUMENTED AND UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGN WORKERS CREATING COVID HAVENS IN MALAYSIA ASK MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

The health ministry has reported 4113 covid cases and 34 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Selangor continues to retain its supremacy at 1269 cases.

I feel very sad for our frontliners and of course the Director General of Health Service Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah.

Can we put aside our politics and for once address the clear and present danger before us?

I write this piece after receiving footage on the behavior of foreigners in the country which confirms that they are and will never conform to the SOPs laid forth to address the Covid 19 spike.

Even the recent Hari Raya/Eid Mubarak celebration gatherings by them in several areas in the country raise serious concern.

And we do not need foreigners living in this country on visa masquerading as ‘consultants’ to school us how to address such issues either in our whole country.

These undocumented and documented foreigners are all over the place.

Accommodation for those documented still an issue with various stakeholders and other saying different things at different time as if we are all idiots.

We already have the Workers Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 but?

The irony as I see it is industry captains and super rich power-houses agree that the amendments to Act 446, in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, was good for the industry in enhancing the living environment that is conducive for all workers including foreign workers and ensuring a healthy and productive workforce which is a critical component to make Malaysia an advance country that adheres to the stipulated International Labour Organisation (ILO) conditions!

They reiterate that the amendments are also meant to streamline the domestic standards with that of international standards given that Malaysia is largely a trading nation and part of global supply chains but those statements are followed by a subtle – but we need more time excuse?

And has our policymakers fallen for yet again?

This is embarrassing.

Many live in flats in the vicinity of Malaysians, others in rented homes in housing estates in cramped conditions, while the undocumented ones are even daring and free as they have already created for example – ‘Bangladeshi and Rohingya ghettos’ in rural areas, some having married local girls while others in the process.

Marrying a local girl is a fast track in terms legalizing in Malaysia!

I have written extensively on this matter and the social issues that come from this and the security threats to expect in the present and future.

We have yet to seriously address the undocumented foreigners in our midst as every time we try we have both local and foreign busy-bodies creating controversies.

I have repeatedly conveyed my views at the Home and Defense Ministries.

And I have stated that in view of the current pandemic and knowing fully well that both documented and undocumented groups will not follow launched SOPs it is best to introduce the ‘the immigration catch and release doctrine!’

It is time to catch those floating the legislation and releasing them in a flight to their home country after processing.

It is also time we disallow industry captains and cartels to impact public policy by allowing the reopening of the country to new influx of foreign workers when the huge number already here certainly a clear and present danger.

As for them all they crave for is huge profits at the expense of cheap labor, the cartels huge commissions from the traffic and those who despite the danger approve I wonder what their motivations are?

MAKAN UNTUK HIDUP BUKAN HIDUP UNTUK MAKAN!