IPOH, March 19 — The Ministry of Human Resources is trying to resolve the termination of hiring of foreign workers who use Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS) for textile stores, barber shops, and goldsmiths.
Its minister V. Sivakumar said discussions were held with Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail together with Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, with an appeal submitted on the matter last week.
“Since January, several organisations and business associations (textile, barber shop and goldsmith) came to me and requested the termination be withdrawn.
“Therefore, I hope that due consideration will be given and a positive decision will be made immediately after the submission of the application to the two relevant ministers,” he told reporters today after officiating the 2nd International Tamil Classical Music Conference 2023 here today.
Sivakumar was responding to a circular issued by the Immigration Department on February 28, stating that employers in the three subsectors will no longer be allowed to renew PLKS permits for their employees starting March 15, 2023.
It is estimated that these three subsectors require 15,000 foreign workers to ensure business continuity.