Auditor General’s Report: Recruitment of Foreign Workers in Sabah, Sarawak is ineffective | Malaysia


Foreign workers line up while waiting to receive their Covid-19 vaccine at the Bukit Jalil Stadium Vaccination Center on August 10, 2021. – Photo by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, September 28 – The management of the recruitment and employment of foreign workers in Sabah and Sarawak from 2017 to 2019 proved ineffective, although it was done according to the needs of the authorized sectors.

According to the Auditor General’s Report (LKAN) 2019 Series 2 filed in the Dewan Rakyat today, the audit detected inefficiencies in the Check Out Memo (COM) records and the issuance of visit passes. temporary employment (PLKS).

“Apart from that, there is the intrusion of internal control and security into the Malaysian Immigration System (MyIMM) managed by the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) in both states.

“For COM, for example, JIM Sabah issued a total of 24,880 during the period, but only 14,481 foreign workers who completed the COM left Malaysia, while another 10,399 had no record of ‘having left the country,’ according to the report.

LKAN found that JIM Sarawak issued 25,905 COMs for the period, but further audit analysis revealed that 9,010 of the 25,905 foreign workers who completed COMs were recorded as having left Malaysia while 16,895 other people had no record of having left Malaysia.

The report also found that although revenue from recruiting and employing foreign workers in Sabah amounted to RM 421.71 million and Sarawak (RM 522.32 million) during the period, 1.5% of the 1,911 foreign workers in Sabah who failed health checks were issued with PLKS.

“In Sarawak, 47,838 or 36% of the 133,134 PLKS issued by the JIM state do not have license information to prove that employers have applied for a license from the Sarawak Ministry of Labor to hire and employ workers. foreigners, ”according to the report. .

Regarding the MyIMMs system, the report states that a total of 37 and 1,137 security stickers respectively in JIM Sabah and Sarawak were forged in 2019 and 2017, as a result of identity abuse and intrusion into the network.

To overcome the weaknesses, the audit recommended several measures to JIM Sabah and Sarawak, including ensuring that the issuance of PLKS complies with the rules and guidelines set, so as not to expose the country to security risks and spread of infectious diseases.

In addition, JIM was recommended to update the control of COM records of foreign workers leaving the country, as well as improve the control of the MyIMMs system to deal with security intrusions that affected the operations of the department as well. than national security. – Bernama