Billion ringgit migrant worker industry needs an overhaul

An officer from Indonesian Embassy arranging temporary passports to be given to Indonesian immigrants

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The foreign worker recruitment system is an intricate web that nailing down the exact amount of money involved in the entire recruitment ecosystem is near impossible.

Many believe that it is deliberately done so because, the more complex it is, the more chance different parties get to benefit from it - all except the foreign worker at the bottom of the chain.

A reform of the system is long due. As news about the exploitation of foreign workers is being brought to light, the present government have mentioned that they are looking into it. Is this a problem that can be resolved?  

For more details on the reforms needed for the migrant worker recruitment system, pick up the latest issue of The Edge.

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