president message june 2022


It gives me great pleasure to address all of you for this June segment of my message.


Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) is concerned over the current acute shortage which unless rectified early on will impede the implementation of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) 3 Circle Line announced recently. MBAM is urging the Government to introduce a ‘green lane’ to fast track entry of more foreign workers into the country. The pool of foreign workers has shrunk since the Covid-19 pandemic; caused by the freeze on recruitment and contractors facing difficulties to replace workers who had to return home after their Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS) were not renewed over the last two years. Foreseeing the mismatch to happen, MBAM has appealed to the government to allow only the Human Resources Ministry to handle the recruitment of foreign workers.


Let there be a one-stop centre to process and approve applications as the current practice of using multiple authorities, each with their differing pre-conditions, have had the reversed effects of slowing down the application process. Even during this critical time when more foreign workers are needed, the Construction Labour Exchange Centre Berhad has encountered difficulties to live up to its own mission of supplying workers. From MBAM’s feedback, the construction Industry is short of 550,000 workers while the application process still requires contractors to advertise their job vacancies in the MYFutureJobs portal under the SOCSO. Only after 30 days when the contractors failed to get any workers, then a clearance letter will be issued to them to proceed with the step of application process. From the start of application until the arrival of a foreign worker, it is estimated to take a minimum of 6 months or at least 200 days or more.


Why are companies applying for more than 100 workers able submit directly through Foreign Workers Centralised Management System (FCMS) but those applying for lesser numbers are rejected. MBAM has received complaints from Grade G4, G5, G6 and G7 contractors applying for less than 100 workers being left out of the FWCMS and are in a limbo as to how to recruit workers they need urgently. We hope clearer and easier recruitment process can be implemented because it will definitely impact project delivery timeline by contractors.


Tan Sri Sufri Haji Mhd Zin
MBAM President

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