Malaysia has a high percentage of foreign workers who are mainly in the blue-collar sectors. A total of 1.4 million Bangladeshi workers, scheduled to be recruited in stages from early next year, will be issued special identity cards (IC).
These ICs would have Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and biometric technology, and would function as a debit card and stored-value card (such as Touch & Go).
The cards would be colour coordinated to indicate different employment sectors. This is to prevent workers from switching jobs.
The workers would be screened to ensure that they have no prior criminal records before being recruited and those found moving sectors would be fined up to RM12,000.
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