Illegal foreign workers continue to cost Sarawak millions of ringgit in levy

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  • Friday, 16 Mar 2012

KUCHING: The failure of employers to legalise their foreign workers will continue to rob the state Immigration Department of millions of ringgit in levy.

If the number of illegal foreign workers, who have registered themselves under the 6P programme is anything to go by, the department has lost between RM7.9mil and RM32mil in levy from the visit pass temporary appointments (VPTAs).

This amount is based on the old rate, which is between RM360 and RM1,440 per VPTA a year, depending on which sector they serve.

Under the revised rate, which was implemented on Sept 1 last year, the minimum levy for a VPTA per year is RM410 while the maximum is RM1,490 per year.

A total of 22,220 foreign workers who have no legal status in the country registered themselves with the state Immigration Department when the biometric registration programme ended on Dec 31 last year.

Of the total number, some 18,361 were registered through their employers.

Aside from the registered figure, the state Immigration Department has estimated that about 100,000 more foreign workers are currently being employed in plantations facing acute labour shortage.

If the figure is true, the state Immigration Department is expected to lose about RM59mil in the VPTA levy next year.

The new levy for the VPTA working in plantation, according to statistics from the state Immigration Department, is RM590 per year.

Levies are paid by the employers.

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