Two online systems - Integrated Foreign Workers Management system (ePPAx) and Foreign Worker Application system (SPPA) - have been introduced by the Malaysian government to aid employers in recruiting foreign workers, as reported in Bernama.
According to home ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, the ePPAx was for the intake of all foreign workers from all source countries except Bangladesh; while the SPPA system was only for the intake of Bangladeshi workers.
The system was introduced following the announcement by deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that all employers wanting to recruit foreign workers were required to apply online starting 1 April.
Datuk Seri Alwi said: “These systems were introduced to avoid the involvement of middlemen, which can minimise the recruitment cost and administration of foreign workers, shorten the recruitment period and curb abuse and trafficking of migrant workers.”
He also mentioned that the two systems were developed to apply for foreign workers in formal sectors - namely manufacturing, construction, services, farming and agriculture and plantations. This excludes applications for foreign maids.
He added that employers could access the system through their respective websites, while further information can be found through the official website of the home ministry, immigration department and labour department.
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