Centres set up to help those seeking jobs overseas

The Human Resource Ministry has set up three Malaysian Overseas Workers Management Centres nationwide to help Malaysians seeking jobs overseas.

Labour Department director-general Datuk Ismail Abdul Rahim said the centres in Johor Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu were set up three months ago following complaints from Malaysian workers about their Singaporean employers.

Ismail said that most of the workers who were cheated by their employers or agents came from villages.

“They were attracted by the high salary promised to them,” he said, adding that a worker could have been promised as much as S$1,000 (RM2,300) to work in Singapore.

“The amount is very attractive as the worker may only be paid RM600 for a similar job in Malaysia,â” he said.

He was speaking to reporters at the 2007 Johor Career Carnival held at Plaza Angsana, Tampoi on Saturday.

The carnival had 66 participants involving 55 from the private sector.

Source: The Star Online.