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Published: Sunday January 12, 2014 MYT 11:33:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 12, 2014 MYT 11:34:23 PM

Zahid Hamidi: Don't hire foreigners if not willing to pay RM110 for i-Kad

ALOR GAJAH: Employers who disagree with the cost of RM110 for the i-Kad for foreign workers should not be hiring foreigners to work for them.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said at present, the cost of hiring foreign workers was still much lower than that charged in other countries even with the payment for an i-Kad for each worker.

"If employers don't agree (with the i-Kad price), send them (foreign workers) home. In other countries like Singapore and UAE, employers have to pay not less than US$5,000 (RM16,400) for each foreign worker hired.

"In Malaysia, the highest levy is only RM1,850, and together with the medical check-up, i-Kad and other payments, they pay not more than RM3,000," he said after attending a reception for new students of SM Imtiaz Ulul Albab Melaka here Sunday.

He was commenting on a report which said the Malaysian Employers Federation was against the Government's move of charging RM110 for each foreign worker hired to have the i-Kad as it would burden employers.

About 2.3 million foreign workers who have registered under the 6P programme must have the i-Kad that is complete with security features, the latest by the end of this year, as a measure to stem the problem of illegals in this country. - Bernama

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