Thursday, March 19, 2009

Horrible Malaysian employers

Some Malaysian companies here in the UAE are also bullying/exploiting their Malaysian employees.


MALAYSIAN firms are being labelled “rogues”, “corrupt”, “unscrupulous” and “uncaring” in India where the roll of blacklisted Malaysian employers and labour recruitment companies has increased to 122.

The list of shame has been pasted on the walls of the Immigration Department in Chennai, India, for all to see.

The list of “offences” include exploitation, malpractices, and lack of transparency and professionalism.

The latest case of alleged rogue practices by a Kuala Lumpur-based recruitment agency prompted Malay Mail to investigate the extent of the problem.

Chennai recruiter T.S. Ramakrishnan lodged a police report on March 3 against a Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysian agent for allegedly causing him to lose a substantial sum during a recruitment exercise.

He had been assigned by the KL agent to secure 300 engineers for a marine and heavy engineering company in Johor (see accompanying story).

Malay Mail checks showed Malaysia’s reputation among Indian professionals has been badly sullied, to the extent that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for agents in India to meet demand from Malaysia.

An estimated 15,000 Indian skilled and technical persons go abroad every year through official emigration channels.

Ramakrishnan’s core business is mainly to recruit Information Technology (IT) specialists and engineers for the United States, India and Singapore job markets.

He said: “Malaysia, that once attracted Indian labour in huge numbers, surely isn’t the hottest destination for work anymore among unskilled and skilled Indians.”

Of the more than 300 firms that have been blacklisted by the protectorate of emigrants in India, the highest number is from Malaysia followed by Saudi Arabia (65 companies) and Bahrain (45).

Once blacklisted, it’s difficult to get back into the good books of the Indian government.

“These are firms which have not treated Indian workers well by either not paying salaries on time or not having proper working conditions,” said Pran Chawlia, an Indian IT specialist who quit a KL firm last month.

Chawlia, who while out of job is helping Indian nationals in trouble, said: “Some of the companies have even wrongfully withheld the passports of Indian workers, mistreated them or not fulfilled the conditions in the contract.”

“When we seek the assistance of the agents who brought us here, they say their job has been done.”

Malay Mail discovered that owners of these blacklisted recruitment companies register under some other names and continue business without any check in their exploitative practices.

“Indian missions in countries where employers have been blacklisted have no mechanism to control such malpractices as a result of which workers continue to suffer,” said Ramakrishnan.