Compiled by TAN SIN CHOW, NURBAITI HAMDAN and A. RAMAN
THE Government should cancel the permits issued for foreign workers who have yet to enter into the country, Malaysia Nanban reported.
Quoting Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) secretary general G. Rajasekaran, the report said the job opportunities could be opened to Malaysians in view of the current world economic crisis.
He said there would be at least 30,000 job vacancies available each month if the inflow of foreign workers was stopped.
He said with 227 employment agencies nationwide, more foreign workers were being brought in and this created more social problems. He added that due to the economic crisis, it is expected that the unemployment rate will rise from 3.6% to 4%, or 5%.
6,059 complaints against civil service this year
> Tamil Nesan reported that the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan was not worried about the complaints made against the civil service.
He said that these complaints provided an opportunity for the civil service to correct all flaws. The public has the right and freedom to voice their frustrations, opinions and suggestions about the civil services, he added.
He said there were 3,379 complaints in 2006, 5,437 last year and 6,059 till September this year.
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