Treat expats humanely, RCCI leader urges govt agencies



JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS

Published — Friday 5 July 2013

Last update 8 July 2013 8:06 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

A leading businessman in Riyadh has accused the Passport Department of “inhuman and uncivilized” treatment of expatriate workers over the past three months.
Abdul Rahman Al-Zamil, chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), said the Passport Department, other agencies and individuals should try to follow the example of other Gulf Cooperation Council countries in their treatment of expatriate workers.
Al-Zamil also believes the extra four months provided by the government is not enough time. “The accumulated negatives in the marketplace over the past three decades cannot be addressed during the new time frame of the amnesty.”
He rejected accusations that major Saudi firms and institutions played a major role in exploiting foreign workers and trading in visas. “The majority of the violators did not run away from big establishments.”
He accused small business owners of recruiting foreign workers for financial gain. “After using them, they dumped them onto the streets when the new regulations were issued.”
He said the actions of these enterprises have harmed the Kingdom's reputation. “Looking at the facts, one will see that the largest number of workers who rectified their status came from small and medium enterprises.”
Speaking to local media, Al-Zamil called on the Passport Department and Labor Ministry to set up more offices to accommodate the large numbers of workers and establishments wishing to correct their status.
He suggested using school buildings to deal with overcrowding. “These buildings are not used during summer vacation, are spacious and adequately equipped with air conditioners. What happened during the first grace period was not acceptable or humanitarian,” he said.
“The Ministry of Labor succeeded in rectifying the status of only 30 percent of the workers requiring documentation during the past three months,” he said. Labor offices across the country should change the way they work “so that large numbers of foreign workers can correct their status.”
Any foreign worker wishing to leave the Kingdom should be free to do so without the state bearing any of the costs. The costs should be borne either by sponsors or workers. “Deportation centers will not be able to accommodate the large number of foreign workers wishing to leave Saudi Arabia,” said Al-Zamil.
He said sponsors must be held accountable for their mistakes. “Those who recruited the illegal workers have placed a big burden on the government.”

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah Al- Muallami unveiled a beautifully framed old kiswa (covering) of the door of the Holy Kaaba at one of the newly refurbished halls of the world body. The...
A policeman was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Qatif in the Eastern Province on Tuesday night.According to a spokesman of the Eastern Province police, the firing took place at 11:30 p.m. in a suburb called Al-Jishi.The targeted police officer was...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Show, one of the many events of Jeddah Summer Festival 36, is attracting a large number of visitors. The sound-and-light show is being run at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.The show tells the story of the Bri...
JEDDAH: The Riyadh Traffic Department carried out extensive campaigns on the main streets, intersections and squares in the city to boost traffic safety levels and discourage bad driving.During the first 72 hours of the campaign, traffic personnel re...
RIYADH: One of two women infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) died here in Riyadh, while the other patient is being treated at a hospital in Al-Kharj, some 60 km from the capital. Since June 2012, the Ministry of...
AL-AHSA: Approximately 20,000 tons of Al-Ahsa dates are planned to be marketed abroad during the new dates season.Muhammad Ismail, director general of the King Abdullah City for Dates (KACD), said: “The authorities in the city are planning to increas...
JEDDAH: Al-Bagdadiya neighborhood residents in Jeddah are living in a state of worry because of 20 abandoned houses, which serve as hideouts for criminals.Residents said some houses are on the verge of collapse and have turned into shelters for crimi...
JEDDAH: A committee consisting of representatives from the Hail governorate, municipality, health department and the Saudi Food and Drugs Administration (SFDA) has ordered the closure of a restaurant in the city’s industrial area.Twelve people suffer...
The board of the Saudia Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization has announced that mandatory application of the regulations on new tires produced or sold in the Kingdom will commence in November this year.The board explained that the technical...
JEDDAH: The number of people with mental health issues or depression is increasing in Saudi Arabia due to urbanization, marital or relationship problems, and not being able to keep up with rapid progress. A Saudi mother said that her daughter suffers...
JUBAIL: Jubail beaches are expected to receive many tourists during September as a large number of people usually head to the city once the summer gets cooler to enjoy their holiday here.As part of the beach preparations for this season, the Social S...
RIYADH: More than 50 percent of vehicle users in the Kingdom are not satisfied with the after-sales service of auto agencies in the Kingdom.In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) to evaluate the performance of automobile...
JEDDAH: The Appeals Court has upheld the verdict issued by a specialized penal court which sentenced Dr. Said bin Zair to four years in prison from the date of his arrest in 1428.According to the ruling, the academician is also banned from traveling...
JEDDAH: Health authorities in the Eastern Province are expected to issue a decision soon against four Saudi nurses accused of “negligence” for an incident which led to the amputation of the hand of a Saudi girl after they tried to insert a needle in...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah municipality has closed down a popular restaurant following the discovery of a rat rummaging through food items.The rat act was captured on video and posted on social media websites. It went viral, prompting the authorities to laun...

Stay Connected

Facebook