Concerned by the constant exploitation of Indian workers seeking jobs in Malaysia, the government of India today issued a note of caution, warning job seekers from the country against falling prey to unscrupulous agents in both the countries.
"It has come to the notice of the government that a large number of workers misguided by some unscrupulous Indian as well as Malaysian Recruiting Agents (RAs) are emigrating to Malaysia without proper documentation about their employment, foreign employer and employment contract etc. As a result, such Indian workers become vulnerable to exploitation by their employers in Malaysia and often get stranded in Malaysia without work and then lodge complaints in the Indian High Commission at Kuala Lumpur," a government release said.
The release also said the Indian High Commission at Kuala Lumpur has formulated guidelines for Indian workers who want to take up legal employment in Malaysia.
Indian workers intending to seek legal employment in Malaysia should get themselves familiarised with the laws and working conditions in Malaysia. These guidelines are available on the website www.mohr.gov.my, the release said.
The government has asked Indian workers planning to take up legal employment in Malaysia to obtain a resident permit or identity card and a labour card immediately on arrival in Malaysia.
Besides, they should keep their passports in safe custody and not part with their travel document, (ie, passport) and employment contract signed by them in India.