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Textile associations deride new foreign labour policy
27
Jul '09
About thirteen trade associations have submitted proposals related to foreign labour to the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Mr Mustapa Mohamed. He said, we will compile all issues raised and speak to relevant ministries.
Some of the issues which have been raised by these trade organisations include, freeze on foreign labour intake and the proposed doubling up of levy on foreign workers to be borne by employers.

Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers' Association (MRGMA) had appealed to the government to revoke the freeze on foreign workers intake for the glove manufacturing industry, since they were facing difficulties in their operations.

Fibre2fashion spoke exclusively to Mr Andrew Hong, CEO of Malaysian Textile Manufacturers Association (MTMA), who said, “All associations based in Malaysia have joined their hands to raise their voice on a common issue of levy fee imposed on the companies”.

Discussing at length, he said, “When a foreign worker comes to Malaysia, a contract is signed between him and the employer and he is also paid an additional amount as every foreign employee is suppose to pay a fix amount of annual fees to the Malaysian Government”.

Continuing he said, “As per the law, till date, every foreign worker, whether professional or non-professional has to pay annual fees to the governments, but however, according to the revised policy the employer will have to pay the same, which will add to their cost of doing business”.

He concluded by saying, “Hence, many associations have come forward to raise their voices and have demanded to revert back to old policy. All associations are hoping to get positive result from government to revert back to the old policy, but still are not sure about the results”.

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