Better accommodation for migrant workers long overdue

Josh Hong

While Human Resources Minister Saravanan’s push for integrated and centralised labour quarters for migrant workers is commendable, the key will be whether the government can successfully implement the model. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 20, 2021.

HUMAN Resources Minister M. Saravanan recently launched Malaysia’s first integrated and centralised labour quarter (ICLQ) in Pasir Gudang, Johor, with a view to promoting and ensuring modern, safe and hygienic accommodation for migrant workers in Malaysia.

The raging Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years has exposed the cruel reality of insanitary, and poor working and living conditions of migrant workers all over the world, making it easier for the virus to spread among them and prompting governments to seriously tackle the issue of workers’ accommodation.

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