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The Future Of Foreign Workers’ Accommodation Is Here

The Future Of Foreign Workers’ Accommodation Is Here

Q Centre was constructed in compliance with the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446).

Akmal Hakim

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Although some Malaysian companies have been accused of subjecting workers to inhumane living conditions, there’s at least one that is offering employers a means to provide their foreign workers with a proper place to stay.

Showcasing Malaysia’s first-class hospitality and meeting up to international standards of providing foreign workers with comfortable living accommodations, STF Saujana Sdn. Bhd. recently debuted the “Q Centre” —- its first Centralised Labour Quarters (CLQ) and private housing unit for STF Group of Companies.

The quarters are located in Sungai Kapar Indah in Selangor and strategically nestled within the surrounding industrial park and closely connected to local businesses in the area.

The Q Centre was designed to prioritize workers’ welfare and is equipped with top of line facilities to ensure employee wellbeing.

“Q Centre was built with the objective of providing planned and systematic housing for foreign labours as well as providing them with amenities to create a quality, safe and conducive living environment in order to safeguard the welfare and protect their rights,” said STF Groups Chairperson Datuk Yan Lee Chin during Q Centre’s official launch.

She explained that the quarters were also created to ensure employers’ “ease of mind” about their foreign worker’s welfare — especially as Malaysia moves towards the endemic stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Q Centre was constructed in compliance with Act 446 (Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990) and is equipped with quality amenities and 24-hour security, strict entry and exit controls as well as health status monitoring and close contact of hostel residents will also be implemented at all times.

STF Groups Chairperson Datuk Yan Lee Chin

She elaborated that accommodations provided at the Q Centre would indirectly attribute to employee performance and productivity, and ultimately provide an archetype for better housing and living conditions for foreign workers in Malaysia.

STF Group is dedicated to practising trustworthy labour management and promises to ensure that the rights of all workers are guaranteed at all times in support of the government’s efforts to safeguard foreign workers’ human rights and wellbeing.

STF Groups Chairperson Datuk Yan Lee Chin

Taking a tour of Q Centre, the quarter’s amenities and aesthetics can best be compared to that of local college dormitories or school hostels that we have here in Malaysia.

It features 30 rooms split between two main levels and can accommodate a total of 210 tenants.

It also houses its own kitchen, canteen, laundry facilities, and recreation areas like a TV room and open spaces for people to relax and hang out, as well as, spaces for residents to park their bicycles or other modes of transportation.

MIC President Datuk T. Murugiah inspecting Q Centre’s wide-open corridors during its official launch.
(Credit: STF Group)

Additionally, Q Centre is equipped with facial recognition entrance systems as well as thermal sensors which is an extra step that the operator takes to mitigate the risk of Covid-19.

To prevent outbreaks, tenants will be isolated in a special quarantine area that has been provided on a separate floor.

Q Centre also uses access cards for room entrances for added security measures.

Q Centres security features and other amenities.
(Credit: TRP)

The quarters offer three different types of accommodation rooms, namely: type A1, A2 and B.

The buildup of each Type A1 unit is 215.3 sqft and is equipped with fans and six beds.

For a more premium room, Q Centre offers air conditioners in Type A2 units and maintains six beds, while each Type B unit has a buildup of 395.2sqft and is equipped with fans and eight beds.

Each level has its own community bathroom and prayer facilities for Muslim tenants.

Each room has bunk beds, storage space, work stations and adequate power supply for every tenant.
(Credit: STF Group)

According to Yan, the STF Group will actively focus on developing CLQs to provide dormitory rentals for business owners in order to properly accommodate their employees under the government’s mandate in compliance with Act 446.

Yan also disclosed that the Sungai Kapar Indah CLQ will officially house employees from Alpine Pipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd a subsidiary of Hiap Teck Venture Bhd, starting 16 April 2022.

Q Centre also recently entered into the second phase of expanding its CLQs.

The second facility will be located in Klang Sentral and can accommodate a total of 420 tenants.

Q Centre plans on having a total of five separate CLQs by the end of 2022 and will be expanding the project throughout Peninsular Malaysia within the next five years.

They’re also making efforts to reduce carbon emissions by installing things like solar panels at all their facilities nationwide.

For more information, head on over to STF Saujana’s official website, HERE.


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