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Should foreign workers pay?

The re-imposition of the foreign-worker levy on foreign workers is symptomatic of the pressures under which Malaysian employers are working under as they scramble to readjust to higher costs from the minimum wage policy which was implemented in the beginning of the year.

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Reducing reliance on foreign workers

PETALING JAYA: The freeze on the hiring of foreign workers from February reveals how reliant Malaysia’s economy is on low-wage labour for growth.


Govt urged to relax rules on foreign workers

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has been urged to relax rules related to foreign workers recruitment, in order to stop more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from winding up.


Penang govt approves six projects for workers’ accommodation

BUKIT MINYAK: The state government has so far approved six projects for the development of purpose-built workers’ accommodation in Penang.


Miti: Incorrect to claim 50,000 workers will be retrenched

KUALA LUMPUR: The claims by some quarters that 50,000 workers would be retrenched this year primarily due to the rising cost of doing business is incorrect, said the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti).

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Johor biotech park faces shortage of skilled workers

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor’s mission to venture into biotechnology sector is not going smoothly due to the lack of skilled and knowledgeable workers.


MBAM urges Govt to extend foreign workers work permits

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government should consider extending the work permits of skilled foreign workers for more than 10 years, said Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM).


Sullen in Singapore: Its workers are the unhappiest in the world

SINGAPORE: Workers in wealthy Singapore are the unhappiest in Asia and nearly two-thirds would like to quit their jobs in the next year, a regional survey by recruiting firm Randstad Group showed on Wednesday.

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MBAM: Legalise foreign workers already employed in construction

KUALA LUMPUR: The Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) is hoping for the Government to legalise those foreign workers already employed by the construction industry, but repatriate others running their own illegal businesses.


Volkswagen nears wage deal for more than 100,000 workers

HANOVER, Germany: Volkswagen is nearing a deal with the IG Metall labor union to raise wages for workers at its German factories, just as Europe's biggest automaker grapples with slowing sales and falling profit.