Malaysians duped by SG job ads
Malaysia – The Malaysian Labour Department is revising its job advertising guidelines after thousands of locals complain over misleading advertising for positions based in Singapore.
Yusoff Harun, the director of foreign workers division at the Labour Department (Peninsular Malaysia), said there have been 3,500 complaints lodged with the Labour Attache at the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore since 2008, and more than two-thirds were filed by job seekers from Sabah and Sarawak.
“The complainants claimed that their salary and positions turned out to be different from what had been advertised by these unscrupulous agencies,” Yusoff said. “They said they were sent to work in restaurants when the advertisement had stated the place of work as star-rated hotels.”
He added the new guidelines will ensure only licensed agencies are able to put up job postings so the Labour Department will be able to trace them should there be false advertising.
Yusoff also said job seekers have to make sure the job posting has the recruitment agencies’ name, address and licence number, and includes information about the job, qualification required and terms of employment.
“The victims are basically blue-collar workers, who are looking for jobs in service sectors such as hotels and cleaning companies. Their complaints are basically about workplace, salary and job positions,” Yusoff said.
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