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MCCBCHST issues election reminder

February 26th, 2008
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After CFM came out with its statement asking voters to vote wisely, the umbrella body for main religions other than Islam, the MCCBCHST issues a similar reminder to the 40% of Malaysian population. Veiled behind a call for prayers, lies a call to members to investigate the promises made by the candidates/parties and make an informed decision. » Read more: MCCBCHST issues election reminder

MHS to help temples with permit problem

January 11th, 2008
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Minister Radzi says no such thing, but his secretary say there is shorter renewal period as claimed by MCCBCHST.

He also denied an allegation by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism that the Immigation Department had given renewal permits of six months to priests, three months to temple musicians and a week to sculptors.

http://www.hindusangam.org.my/news/index.php?id=72

9TH January 2008
PRESS RELEASE

Temples Visa Issues – Hindu Sangam Acts
The President of Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Datuk A. Vaithilingam met senior officials of Ministry of Home Affairs and discussed the issue of work permit being given to Hindu temple workers by having their visas renewed to a shorter period than the normal schedule. During the discussion with a senior official of the Ministry En. Mat Sor Udin, Senior Secretary of the Minister, he explained that all those who had their renewal for a shorter period as mentioned above can appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs for reconsideration.

In view of this Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) calls upon all the leaders of temples affected by this exercise to make their appeals and immediately contact the MHS for its recommendation. It has been confirmed that the MHS will be the only coordinating body for Hindus in Malaysia to submit their recommendations to be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs as has been the practice all the time.

The MHS calls upon the Hindu community to remain calm over this issue because the Ministry officials have shown their concern to solve this issue in a satisfactory manner. We must also appreciate the necessity for the Ministry to go through their own process for proper investigation before making their decision.

Those temples which have only obtained 7 days extension of their work permit renewal for their temple sculptors should immediately appeal and get the recommendation letter from MHS tomorrow at Malaysia Hindu Sangam Head Quarters, No.67, Jalan PJS 1/48, Taman Petaling Utama 7, 46150 Petaling Jaya between 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM. The temple representatives must bring all their relevant documents when they come to our office. For more information please contact Datuk A.Vaithilingam (012-297 0765), Mr. R. Thiagaraja (012-692 5036), Mr. V.Govindarajah (013-323 2167) or Ms. Saraswathy (Office Numbers: 03-7784 4668/4669/4244).

Thank you,

Yours in service,

Datuk A.Vaithilingam
President
Malaysia Hindu Sangam

Radzi denies claim by MCCBCHST on renewal ban

January 10th, 2008
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He also denied an allegation by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism that the Immigation Department had given renewal permits of six months to priests, three months to temple musicians and a week to sculptors.

read the MCCBCHST statement and other related articles at:

http://poobalan.com/blog/religion/2008/01/08/no-more-work-permit-renewal-for-religious-workers/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/09/pm-will-look-into-appeal-by-mccbchst-on-work-permit/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/09/home-affairs-minister-clarifies-work-permit-issues/

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On the entry of foreign religious teachers and priests, he said the government had tightened the rules to encourage the hiring of locals. He said those already here would have to undergo stringent interviews before approval could be granted for renewal of work permits. There are 5,468 temple priests, musicians and sculptors in the country. "Our policy is that we want locals to become religious teachers, priests, musicians and sculptors.

"We have given enough time for foreigners to work here. If we find that they have worked here too long, we will not extend their work permit." He said some of them had been here for 10 years.  "Five years is normal, but if it is too long we encourage the search for local priests, musicians and sculptors."

On new applications by religious teachers and priests, he said the ministry would review them on a case by case basis.

He also denied an allegation by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism that the Immigation Department had given renewal permits of six months to priests, three months to temple musicians and a week to sculptors.

home affairs minister clarifies work permit issues

January 9th, 2008
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finally, the ministry clarifies the issue of work permit being stopped for foreign indian workers. the confusion may have arised due to previous statements banning workers from bangladesh and also some miscommunication between ministry officials. MCCBCHST said the ban was for hindu priests, musicians and sculptors, but the minister clarified that it affects all religions. However, minister also said the approval for those three categories will be on a case by case basis, mean there’s a ban on renewal of permit after all, it is only worded differently. The applicants have to appeal.

Worse is PM said he will consider the appeal sent by MCCBCHST! That means either there is a ban or the PM is as confused as like me. I rather take the first option, since the second one sounds scary!

I also feel that over reliance on priest and workers from india is too long. surely we could have sent some apprentices over there or even open a training institute here, under the auspices of MHS for example. for so many years we are still dependent on foreign workers. being a priest pays well, so it is a good career move, if one wants to view it that way.

but to blame employers for not hiring foreign indian workers citing hindraf sounds like a joke to me. most likely a cooked up story to cover for the reduction of workers. If i’m not mistaken, foreign workers from india are less than 20% (including expats and professionals in IT, banking, mgmt, universities, MNCs etc). There are far more indonesians, more myanmars, Filipinos, etc. most of the time, the employment goes haywire due to agents and employers, causing workers to protest/gather at their high commissions/embassies.

Read more about it at:

http://poobalan.com/blog/religion/2008/01/08/no-more-work-permit-renewal-for-religious-workers/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/08/samy-says-indian-workers-banned-then-say-no/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/09/pm-will-look-into-appeal-by-mccbchst-on-work-permit/

No freeze on intake of workers from India

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By MAZWIN NIK ANIS

PUTRAJAYA: There is no freeze on the intake of Indian foreign workers, confirmed Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad.

However, he said, there were employers who had asked for the ministry’s approval to change the foreign workers they had planned to hire from India to those from other countries.

“I categorically state that the ministry has never come up with such a ruling or policy to stop the intake of foreign workers from India, what more the professionals. The report by a foreign wire agency claiming the ministry has done so is disturbing.

“But let us be honest here. As a result of the demonstrations that had taken place, some employers feel uncomfortable employing workers from India even though they have already been given approval to take in the workers. “Then they come to us and request to, for example, employ Indonesians instead, and we allow them to do so,” he said in obvious reference to the demonstrations by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), adding that the ministry had allowed several employers who had initially asked for workers from India to switch to workers of other nationalities.

Radzi also said the confusion might have stemmed from the Government’s decision in October last year to once again freeze the intake of workers from Bangladesh due to several problems. The Government, in 1999, had frozen the intake of Bangladeshi workers as a result of the social problems that had arisen from their presence in the country.

He said he had briefed the Cabinet on the issue and had called for a press conference to “clear the air,” adding that he was confident the matter would not strain relations between Malaysia and India and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries on the issue of Indians working in the country remained valid.

On claims his ministry had stopped issuing permits for new applications for Hindu priests, temple musicians and sculptors, Radzi clarified that applications would be considered on case-by-case basis as the number of foreigners working in temples in the country has reached 5,468. “Some of the priests have been in the country for more than 10 years and it is time for us to sit down and look at whether it is necessary to renew their permits. We want locals to do the job and I am sure there are qualified individuals for the job. “Furthermore, this does not apply to Hindu priests only but to Buddhist monks, Muslim ulamaks or imams and religious figures of all religions,” he said, adding that the decision to be more “stringent and careful” started about two months ago.

Radzi said that since November, those wanting to employ foreign workers had to go through the Human Resources Ministry, which would advertise the vacancies and if there were no takers an approval letter would be issued for employers to come to his ministry to apply for foreign workers. “This is an effort to ensure most employment opportunities are taken up by locals and the hiring of foreigners from the 10 source countries, including India, are done in a more orderly fashion. “We must remember that there are about two million foreigners working in the country and the number is substantial,” he said.

PM will look into appeal by MCCBCHST on work permit

January 9th, 2008
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Earlier, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) expressed shock and disappointment over the final renewal of work permit for priest, temple musicians, and sculptors issued by the govt. They have submitted an appeal via telegram to PM, and the PM responded:

In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, when asked about the appeal, said: “They can send a letter to me. I’ll see what they have written.”

Meanwhile, MCCBCHST further stated:

The council’s president, Datuk A. Vaithilingam, said further enquiries by parties showed that the restriction extended to all Indian nationals.

According to Immigration Dept:

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don declined to comment on the issue, saying it was a policy matter which should be referred to the Home Affairs Ministry.

Read the full articles from Star and NST below and other related articles in the blog at:http://poobalan.com/blog/religion/2008/01/08/no-more-work-permit-renewal-for-religious-workers/

http://poobalan.com/blog/borninmalaysia/2008/01/08/samy-says-indian-workers-banned-then-say-no/

Samy Vellu: No truth to claims

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NEW DELHI: Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has denied foreign wire reports that Malaysia had frozen the intake of workers from India.

“There is no truth in the report,” the Works Minister and MIC president said here last night. He said he had spoken to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn on the matter.

More than 50 pressmen waited for clarification on the issue after a wire agency reported the “freeze” on Indian workers.

Later, Indian Minister for Overseas Affairs, Vyalar Ravi said there was a memorandum of understanding between Malaysia and India on the recruitment of foreign workers and it still stood.

It is believed that the issue arose after the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Taoism urged the Government to reconsider a decision to stop issuing permits for new applications for Hindu priests, temple musicians and sculptors.

In Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, when asked about the appeal, said: “They can send a letter to me. I’ll see what they have written.”

Samy Vellu: No ban on Indian workers

From K. Harinderan in New Delhi, India

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WORKS Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu was mobbed by the press just as he finished speaking on economic and infrastructural development at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2008 meeting here.

Samy Vellu, who was a guest speaker at the event, was approached by some 50 newsmen, including camera crew, who had been kept waiting for him to respond to an article flashed by Reuters.

The article quoted an unnamed Home Ministry official as saying that Malaysia had suspended the recruitment of workers from India and Bangladesh since Dec 31.

Several other ministry officials were also reported to have confirmed the ban without providing a valid reason.

Members of the press, mainly from the Middle East, India and Bangladesh, blockaded the exit of the Vighan Bhavan Convention Centre after having waited for hours for a statement from Samy Vellu.

In answering the questions by the press, he denied all claims based on a quick phone conversation with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“These claims have been refuted,” said Samy Vellu, adding that there was no truth to the article.

Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) claimed that the Immigration Department had stopped issuing work permits to new applications for foreign priests, temple musicians and sculptors.

The council’s president, Datuk A. Vaithilingam, said further enquiries by parties showed that the restriction extended to all Indian nationals.

He said the department had also given final renewal permits of six months for priests, three months for temple musicians, and one week for sculptors, after which they would have to leave the country.

“This decision has caught us by surprise. After all, there are so few priests, musicians and sculptors here. They are only a tiny dot out of the few hundred thousand Indian workers based in Malaysia.”

He estimated that there were about 180 Hindu priests, 100 musicians and between 200 and 300 sculptors working here.

“This is an unprecedented move as the department had previously always had discussions with the council before any change in the system,” he said.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don declined to comment on the issue, saying it was a policy matter which should be referred to the Home Affairs Ministry.