FOREIGN WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE | Some Interesting Statistics

I stumbled on some statistics while browsing the web recently, thought of sharing this here. However the statistics are only in respect of calendar year 2008 till 2010 but nonetheless are useful to enable a glimpse of the foreign workers’ insurance landscape.

 

Surprisingly in 2008 there was reported a total of 2.06 million foreign workers registered in the country but here the statistics just show some 50% of that reported numbers. Well… this is despite the fact that Subsection 26 (1) of Workmen’s Compensation Act 1952, having direct that all employers of foreign workers must ensure that the workers are insured all of their foreign workers within the Foreign Workers’ Compensation Scheme designated by the Human Resources Minister. The Subsection 26 (1) of Workmen’s Compensation Act 1952 specifically states that failure to do so is an offence and if convicted, the employer would be fined not more than RM20,000, or jailed for not more than two years or both.

 

Despite the relevant Act and controls being in place, many of these foreign workers are still not insured as part of this Scheme – this number could be around 500,000.

FOREIGN WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE SCHEME STATISTICS

The following is the breakdown for the statistics of foreign workers who have been insured under the Foreign Workers’ Compensation Scheme between the years of 2008 and 2010 according to source countries:

Source Country

2008

2009

2010

Bangladesh

227,169

199,493

172,130

Cambodia

2,563

3,186

9,418

China

4,045

2,870

3,404

Filipina

2,851

2,789

3,853

India

41,092

30,634

32,237

Indonesia

381,885

347,260

341,309

Myanmar

108,031

100,884

133,404

Nepal

177,682

152,573

243,1930

Pakistan

3,622

2,740

3,765

Sri Lanka

1,871

1,340

3,133

Thailand

12,479

7,848

6,454

Vietnam

80,148

44,726

49,555

TOTAL

1,045,446

898,352

1,003,865

(source: e-compensation)

  • Noticeably the Mynmarese and Nepalese numbers are on the rising trend.
  • While there was no real drop in the number of registered foreign workers but there were notably reducing trend from the perspective of number of claims that were reported.
  • The following are the statistics for reported claims between 2008 and 2010 based on the type of compensation:-

Type of Claims

2008

2009

2010

Temporary   Disability

5,383

2,959

2,497

Permanent   Disability

838

554

442

Death

1,082

876

687

TOTAL

7,303

4,389

3,626

(source: e-compensation)

 

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