It is an open secret that the foreign worker recruitment process is complex. Its complexity has eluded researchers trying to pin down the exact amount of money that is involved in the entire process.
“The recruitment chain is long and complex, deliberately so, because the longer and more complex it is, the more points there are for different actors to benefit from it. At the end of the day, the workers who are placed at the bottom of the chain are exploited,” says Liva Sreedharan, an independent consultant on anti-trafficking and migrant worker rights.
At the end of the day, what is required of the new government to effectively reform the foreign worker recruitment process and to plug the leakages would be to step on toes and uproot existing parties who are entrenched in the system.