Published: Wednesday January 30, 2013 MYT 8:03:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 30, 2013 MYT 8:31:35 PM
Cabinet: Foreign workers to pay levy instead of employers with immediate effect
PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet decided on Wednesday that foreign workers should pay the levy instead of employers.
The decision is to be enforced with immediate effect on new foreign workers and those who wish to renew their work pass, employment pass or temporary work visit pass.
The move is to alleviate the hiring cost for employers, said Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
“The minimum wage, which came into force this year has raised the salary for all workers on an average of between 30% and 50%, or from RM600- RM700 per month to RM900 monthly.
“The Government's move to impose a levy on foreign workers will not be a burden to them as the levy paid is between RM34.16 and RM154.16 per month as compared to a salary increase of between RM300 to RM500 per month,” Ahmad Husni said in a statement Wednesday.
The collection of levy for foreign workers was introduced in 1992 and was fully borne by the workers until 2009 when the Government decided to shift the levy burden to employers.
The 2009 decision was aimed at controlling the increase in the number of foreign workers in the country at that time.
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