‘Indian workers are safe here, don’t worry India’ – Subra

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PUTRAJAYA  –  The Malaysian government has always ensured that the welfare and interests of Indian workers in the country are looked after, said Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said other measures taken included the registration of illegal workers under the 6P programme, only allowing the employers to hold their workers’ passport with the consent of the employees, and requiring employers to pay their employees’ salaries through bank accounts.

“We agreed to have further discussions on some other areas like the social security scheme which the Indian government is trying to implement for their workers overseas.

“I agreed to give the government’s further cooperation to support any such ventures as long as it is within the framework of our law.

“It was a useful meeting which will further strengthen the mechanism which we have for the recruitment, management and safeguard of the Indian workers in Malaysia.”

He was speaking at a press conference after a meeting with Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi at his office, today.

He said currently, there were about 74,000 legal Indian workers in this country.

Meanwhile, Vayalar Ravi said the Indian government was satisfied with the Malaysian government’s concern and determination in safeguarding the interests and welfare of Indian workers.

“I’m glad to learn that the Malaysian government is giving the work permit for five years, it was good decision taken by the government. In some other countries, they only give for two or three years.

“We are also looking for the G-G (government-to-government) approach to strengthen relations between both governments. I believe all this will mutually help both countries to strengthen the bilateral relationship which was built over the years,” he added.

He also invited Subramaniam to attend the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), a forum that connects the overseas Indians which will be held from Jan 7 to 9, 2013 in Cochin, a major port city in the west coast of India. – Bernama