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RAM Ratings: Freeze On Malaysia Foreign Workers Intake A Risk

According to RAM Ratings, the current freeze on the hiring of foreign workers will largely affect the construction and plantation industries as these industries largely rely on foreign labours, reported The Sun Daily. “Even though the program rehiring of existing foreign workers may help for a short-term, new supplies are needed in a long run to replace those who have decided to return home. These industries will start to suffer if the freeze is extended further,” it said.

The rating agency did not expect the recent foreign labours levy hike to give much impact on this, as the hike was substantially lower than the amount that was initially proposed by the government in January 2016.

Initially, a hike of 10% increase in labour cost and 2% rise in overall cost was suggested. But the labour cost was increased by 5% and the overall cost was increased by 1%, half of what was suggested before.

In March 2016, the foreign workers levy was increased to RM1,850 per worker from RM1,250. At the moment, the government has announced that the freeze on hiring foreign workers will remain.

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New Foreign Worker Levies For Peninsular Malaysia Effective Today

The new levies for foreign workers in Malaysia have been announced. Effective Friday, employers in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors (category one) will have to pay a levy of RM1,850 for each foreign worker hired. Plantations and agriculture sector bosses (category two) are to pay RM640 per worker.

Initially, the plan was to impose a levy of RM2,500 for each worker under category one, while employers in category two would have had to pay RM1,500 per worker.

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Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim says that the Cabinet has approved an increase in levy rates for foreign workers in the Penisular Malaysia, effective from March 18.

Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim (pic) in a statement on Friday said the decision on the new rates was made by the Cabinet last week.

He said the new rates entailed an increase of RM600 for category one and RM230 and RM50 for the plantations and agriculture sectors respectively.

The new rates are for Peninsular Malaysia only.

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“We are confident that the rates are competitive and justified as foreigners who are working here also enjoy facilities, amenities and infrastructure provided by the Government,” he said.

“The Government believes the levy imposed is at an ‘optimum rate’ that will not affect the country’s economic growth, nor its plans to reduce dependency on labour intensive industries,” he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in announcing the recalibration of Budget 2016 on Jan 28, had said that the levy for foreign workers would be restructured.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi later revealed the new rates were to take effect on Feb 1 but were not implemented, as the decision had not been well received by certain industries and employers.

On Feb 16, the Home Ministry met with representatives from 28 groups and associations to hear their grouses.

English version: 納吉宣布外勞人頭稅漲幅減

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Malaysia Government Freezes Intake of Foreign Workers Including Bangladeshis

Putrajaya has put on hold recruitment of foreign workers from all source countries, including Bangladesh, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said, one day after signing a deal with Dhaka to send workers here.

Zahid’s announcement also comes hours after the human resources minister said not all of the 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers thought to be headed for Malaysia were meant for the country.

Datuk Seri Richard Riot had said the figure was merely the number of Bangladesh citizens registered with their government for employment.

Both the new levy system, which imposes a higher payment on employers using foreign workers, and the plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers have been criticised by employer groups and trade unions.

dpm_ahmad_zahid_hamidiZahid, who is also home minister, said employers were urged to hire locals instead and the recruitment of foreign labour would be deferred until the need arises.

Additionally, the government would also focus on re-hiring programmes for local workers while increasing enforcement on undocumented migrant labourers.

“Those existing foreign workers, especially whose working permits have expired or are without proper document, they are not allowed to work in Malaysia,” Zahid said after a function to meet army personnel at Camp Muara Tuang.

The plan to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers over three years was announced last year, but only recently did Zahid say that the figure was Bangladesh citizens who had registered with their government for work.

He had also defended the move saying locals did not want to do dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs (3D) and had challenged Malaysian youths to do so.

However, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) had pointed out that many Malaysians were working such jobs, but overseas, such as in Singapore, where the pay was better.

MTUC and MEF have long spoken against Malaysia’s over-reliance on foreign labour at the expense of training locals in skilled work, and over the high amount of remittances at around RM30 billion flowing out of the country.

The new levy system has also been a sore point for employers, who must pay RM2,500 per worker in the manufacturing, construction and services sector, and RM1,500 per worker in the plantation and agricultural sector.

Malaysia Government Freezes Intake of Foreign Workers Including Bangladeshis

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the Government has decided to suspend the recruitment of all foreign workers, including those from Bangladesh.  He said that at an event in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, on Friday.

News Sources: The Star & The Malaysia Insider

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Khairy: Our Youths Not Attracted To 3D Fields And Low Wages

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a number of industries are unable to attract Malaysian youths as the wages offered are not high enough.

Khairy was referring to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s call to local youths on Sunday to take over the dirty, difficult and dangerous (3D) fields which were unpopular with local workers and needed foreigners to do the work.

Speaking to reporters after launching the “Fitness in My Pocket” application here yesterday, he said youths were not interested in industries such as construction or agriculture because these jobs were difficult and offer low wages.

“If the industry doesn’t rely on foreign workers, it will be impossible to fill up such jobs.

“Represen­tatives from the industries have already discussed the issue and have issued statements that they have no choice but to continue to hire foreign workers,” he said.

Recently, the Government was reportedly planning to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers over a period of three to five years.

Meanwhile, Immigration director-general Datuk Sakib Kusmi said 271 had registered under the employment and resettlement programme for illegal immigrants which started on Monday.

“Out of the 271, 245 are Indonesians, eight are Myanmar nationals and 18 are other nationalities,” he said in a statement.

He said 31 applications had been processed, with 23 approved while eight had been rejected for not meeting the conditions.

Sakib said the programme to enable illegal immigrants already in the country to work for legal employers, was conducted online.

He said the department had been inundated with enquiries from the public and employers but the information on the programme was available through rehiring.imi.gov.my atau www.imi.gov.my.

News Source: The Star

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Hiked Levies For Foreign Workers Unlikely To Be Deferred

Malaysia Master Builders Association reveals business groups have been asked to propose how the government can achieve its targeted revenue if the planned hike is scrapped.

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Master Builders Association reveals business groups have been asked to propose how the government can achieve its targeted revenue if the planned hike is scrapped. Source: Free Malaysia Today

The increased levies for foreign workers is unlikely to be deferred, with business groups being told to propose acceptable rates as opposed to those set by the government, The Star reported.

This follows a meeting between Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa and Home Ministry officials with representatives from 28 business associations yesterday.

According to the English daily, Malaysia Wood Industries Association president Low Kian Chuan said while the government appreciated the difficulties faced by industries, Ali had said he had the “mandate to disagree” with them.

Master Builders Association president Matthew Tee meanwhile revealed that groups were asked to propose how the government could possibly achieve its targeted revenue if the planned hike in foreign worker levies was scrapped.

“The Chief Secretary told us to give a figure (for the revised levy). We have to come up with a consensus within 10 working days.”

Tee also said the number of illegal workers easily numbered two million or more and that if the government wanted a source of additional revenue “this was a solution.”

Prime Minister Najib Razak announced a revision of levy rates for foreign workers when presenting the recalibrated Budget 2016 last month.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the Home Minister, later announced the revision had been postponed until a discussion could be held with stakeholders.

The new rates which were earlier imposed on February 1, would see Putrajaya gain around RM2.6 billion in revenue.

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MyEG Appointed To Handle Malaysia Foreign Worker Rehiring Program

MyEG Appointed To Handle Malaysia Foreign Worker Rehiring Effective Feb 15, 2016

My EG Services Bhd (MyEG), which last September received a Government contract to register illegal foreign workers, has been appointed to take part in the programme to rehire foreign workers without permits, effective Feb 15, 2016.

As announced by the Prime Minister under the recalibrated 2016 Budget, foreign workers without permits will be given valid work permits. The registration will start on Feb 15.

The e-Government services provider told Bursa Malaysia that it had on Thursday received a letter of appointment from the ministry in relation to the management of illegal foreign workers for the rehiring programme.

“All terms and conditions as stated in the earlier letter will be replaced with the new conditions as stated in the letter dated Feb 11, 2016,” MyEG said.

The latest project, it said, would take effect from Feb 15 till Aug 15, 2016. The tenure of the previous agreement had been Sept 4, 2015 to March 4, 2016.

“The project has no fixed value as it is dependent on the number of illegal foreign workers successfully registered,” MyEG said.

According to reports, the Government is targeting to register the estimated two million illegal workers in the country under the rehiring programme, whose first phase will span three months.

MyEG shares shed 1 sen to close at RM2.24 on Thursday, with 3.42 million shares changing hands.

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Foreign Worker Levy Price Increase Put On Hold

The levy hike for foreign workers has been put on hold and a final decision will be made after Chinese New Year following consultations with employers, The Star reports.

According to the report, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the prime minister had called him, when he was in Beijing, to look at the rate and validity period.

He said this yesterday when asked if the rates, to be announced after Chinese New Year, could be lowered.

“We will look into it.

“The prime minister called me when I was in Beijing and asked me to look at certain aspects of the policy, including the rate and validity period,” Zahid said, according to the report.

He added that the government was aware of the employers’ concerns and wanted to listen to what they had to say.
“We want to hear their views, but let us be reminded that the new move would contribute RM4 billion to the country’s coffers,” Zahid was quoted as saying.

The new rate came into effect on February 1, where for the manufacturing, construction and service sectors, the levy was set at RM2,500 while those in the plantation and agriculture sectors would have to pay RM1,500 in levy.

The report said representatives from the Malaysian Employers Federation, manufacturers, guild associations and non-governmental organisations would be called to discuss the new policy, which was announced as part of the Budget 2016 revision.

At the same time, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the Government would probably hold further dialogues with businesses to see how they could offset the extra foreign workers’ levy.

News sources: The Malaysian Insider & Yahoo News

 

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Home Ministry To Meet With Employers After CNY To Discuss New Foreign Worker Levy

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry will meet with employers after Chinese New Year to listen to their grouses over the new levy for foreign workers.

dpm_ahmad_zahid_hamidiDeputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said he will call representatives from the Malaysian Employers Federation, manufacturers, guilds and associations to discuss the matter.

“We want to hear their point of view‎ but let us be reminded that this new move will contribute RM4bil to the country’s coffers,” he said after attending the Home Ministry’s monthly assembly Friday.

The new rates came into effect on Feb 1 and apply to two categories.‎

Previously, foreign workers were placed in six tiers and charged a levy based on the sectors where they work, such as manufacturing, construction, service, plantation and agriculture.

Now, there are only two categories – manufacturing, construction and service sectors with a levy of RM2,500 per worker; and plantation and agriculture sectors, where the levy is RM1,500.

News Source: The Star

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DPM: Malaysia Government Willing To Look Into Levy Rate For Foreign Workers

The Government is willing to look into the dissatisfaction of employers over the new levy rate for foreign workers, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

dpm_ahmad_zahid_hamidiCommenting on the strong response from the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers and other associations on the sudden hike in the levy rate, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Government will listen to their feedback.

“We will not hesitate to look into the issue even though the new rates are enforced effective from Feb 1,” he said here while on an official visit to the Chinese capital.

However, Dr Ahmad Zahid added that Malaysia cannot rely on foreign workers forever.

He said the country must be ready to keep its reliance on foreign workers to a minimum and use local human capital.

Dr Ahmad Zahid added that is the duty of employers and the Human Resources and Education ministries to produce semi-skilled and skilled local employees.

“Although certain jobs are considered to be difficult, dirty and dangerous, employers must take long-term measures to give priority to local workers in the long run,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid.

News source: The Star

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Malaysia new foreign workers’ levy rate system wef from 1st February 2016

SIBU: The Government’s decision to restructure the levy rate system for foreign workers is expected to bring in an extra income of RM2.5bil to the country, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

The Deputy Prime Minister said the new rate, which would come into effect from Monday, applied to two categories.

He said this at a media conference after visiting the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS), the only university in central Sarawak after ending his two-day working visit here Sunday.

Previously, he said foreign workers were charged different rates based on the sectors where they worked such as manufacturing, construction, service, plantation and agriculture.

“Now there are only two categories. The first is for those in the manufacturing, construction and service sector. Here, each worker will be charged the new rate of RM2,500.

“For those in plantation and agriculture, which come under the second category, the rate is RM1,500 per worker,” Ahmad Zahid said.

He said domestic workers were, however, exempted.

According to statistics, he said there were now some 2.135 million registered foreign workers in the country.

“Our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had in his Budget 2016 revision speech touched on the restructuring.

“This is in accordance with the development in the country’s economic scenario, and at the international level,” he said.

He said the Government needed to come up with the new rates as foreign workers were also enjoying various benefits such as subsidised prices for food and other necessities which were only meant for Malaysians.

“They are enjoying our good infrastructures too, but we are also acknowledging the vital roles they play in our nation-building and to our economy,” Ahmad Zahid added.

 

News source: The Star

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