EPF exemption for foreign workers soon


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  • Saturday, 15 Mar 2003

FOREIGN workers and their employers will soon be exempted from contributing to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Sin Chew Daily quoted Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy as saying. 

Chan said the Employees Provident Fund Act 1991 would be amended to exempt foreign workers and their employers from making further contributions. 

The amendment to the Act in August 1998 made it compulsory for foreign workers to contribute 11% of their monthly salaries. Employers had to pay RM5 for each foreign worker per month. 

Chan told Sin Chew that the Government faced a lot of administrative problems relating to contributions and withdrawals by foreign workers following the amendment.  

“In order to solve the problem, we will amend the Act in Parliament next week,” Chan said. 

·Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas has proposed that municipality rules be relaxed to allow condominium dwellers to keep dogs for security purposes. 

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that Kayveas proposed that dogs kept by condo dwellers should be trained so that they would not be a nuisance to others or litter the environment. 

“Many condo dwellers feel safer if they can keep a dog to look after their unit. A dog at home can effectively keep burglars away.  

“For this reason, the authorities concerned should consider allowing owners to keep a dog in their units,” he was quoted as saying. 

·A 36-year-old woman and two men in their mid-20s were detained for trying to use fake currency notes in the slot machine rooms in the casino at Genting Highlands. 

According to China Press, a spokesman of the commercial crime unit of the Pahang police said the three were trying to feed the machine with the notes in RM10 and RM100 denominations when the alarm was triggered. 

Security officers rushed to the scene and detained the three. They led the officers to their room, where 106 pieces of fake RM100 notes and 66 pieces of RM10 notes were found in a handbag. 

The three, who came from Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, were handed over to the police.  

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