SMEs welcome decision to abolish renewal fees


  • Nation
  • Friday, 24 Apr 2015

Thumbs-up: Employers and businesses have welcomed the Cabinet’s decision to abolish the renewal fee for foreign workers’ permits over MyEG.

PETALING JAYA: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are relieved by the Cabinet’s decision to abolish the renewal fee for foreign workers’ permits over MyEG.

“The employers are smiling now, especially those who hire a few thousand foreign workers,” said Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) president Jeffrey Foo.

Welcoming the Cabinet’s latest announcement, he said the decision would reduce the burden of employers.

In a statement, the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCIM) – together with 16 other groups – also expressed their satisfaction over the abolishment.

Describing MyEG’s online renewal system as a service “outsourced” to them by the Immigration Department, the group said employers should not be charged an additional fee for costs incurred by “back-room operations”.

“We are delighted that the Government has considered and agreed with our rationale,” they said.

ACCIM secretary-general Datuk Low Kian Chuan said it had been waiting for the official announcement.

“This is what we have been fighting for,” he said, describing the Government’s decision to abolish the fee after it was implemented as being “counterproductive”.

“Businesses and the Government should work together to improve efficiency and productivity to enhance the economy,” he said.

MCA’s SME Bureau chief Datuk Ei Kim Hock described the progress as a positive one, applauding the Government for taking note of the needs of entrepreneurs.

Ei said the renewal fee was a heavy burden for SMEs.

“Those who want to introduce new things in future should first consider the burden and the problems faced by entrepreneurs,” he said.

Ei said despite that, MyEG’s online service was a “good measure” which could speed up the renewal process.

He urged the Government to implement more such measures which could improve the country’s productivity and Gross Domestic Product.

“This will assist Malaysia in reaching a high-income country status,” Ei said.

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