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Friday, 5 February 2016 | MYT 10:35 AM

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.

Deputy 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.

Tags / Keywords: foreign worker levy , employers , discussion , Home Ministry

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