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Knitting body chief slams government for being non-receptive
Apr '09
The Executive Director of the Malaysian Knitting manufacturers Association (MKMA), Ms Rebecca Chiang, says that government support is crucial for the survival of the textile and garment sector in these crucial times.

Speaking to Fibre2fashion, Ms Chiang said, “We are not looking forward to a bail out of the textile companies, but there are many other ways in which the government can support the sector, to face the crisis”.

Quoting the Chinese government, she said, “The Chinese government had progressively raised the export tax rebate from just 11 percent to the latest increase implemented in April to 16 percent to help the textile and garment sector”.

She appreciated the swiftness of the decision of the Chinese government in announcing these stimulus policies and said that the Malaysian government will take its own time in announcing a policy, by which time it would be too late.

She added by saying, “The Government has still not responded to our many proposed measures like, abolishing 10% sales tax for manufacturing sector, provide incentives for using local content meant for export, duty exemption on raw materials and revenue tax relief”.

Besides, she said, “The foreign workers' policy is threatening the survival of the industry. The Govt has frozen the intake of new foreign workers and nor is it renewing visas, for those serving more than 5 years in the textile sector”.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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