Friday, July 10

System run by Bestinet must be suspended immediately — ACCCIM

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) has called for the mandatory use of the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System (FWCMS) run by Bestinet Sdn Bhd to be suspended with immediate effect.

FWCMS is a multi touch-point system, involving a full-fledged web-based online management system backed by a secure data processing management infrastructure developed for the government.

The association also urged that the Renewal of Foreign Workers Permit (PLKS) using the MyEG online system must not be made mandatory as both systems were merely under the ‘proof of concept’ and only in ‘test run’ stage.

“It is not equitable to have this system being made mandatory without the public being given the option of using the over-the-counter service provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN),” said Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok, ACCCIM deputy secretary-general.

Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, he also said all matters related to the foreign workers should be managed by the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHR) saying it was the rightful body to handle human resources and labour issues within the country.

He added that the role and function of KDN should be restricted to only the issuance of the calling visa after approval has been issued by MoHR.

Teo stated that the private company Bestinet would handle various matters concerning foreigners including visa applications, biometric profiling and  health screening, where this might lead to ‘private and confidential’ issues.

“The government can outsource the system to external specialised entities, but they should not outsource the power of approval to the respective third parties,” he said. — Bernama