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JAKARTA: Indonesia will not compel foreign workers to take examinations to demonstrate proficiency in Bahasa, government officials said, denying media reports of plans for such a requirement to be introduced by the end of the year.


President Joko Widodo, who took office a year ago, is making a concerted effort to attract much-needed foreign investment into South-East Asia\'s largest economy.

In March, the government decided against language tests for foreigners seeking work permits, following protests by investors who viewed the step as a protectionist measure.

Yesterday, an official of the manpower ministry said the government would not require, but only recommend, that foreigners learn the local language. — Reuters

The manufacturing sector hopes the government would provide incentives to retain skilled foreign workers, lower corporate taxes and offer export incentives for the upcoming Budget 2016.

SCGM Bhd’s chairman and MD Datuk Seri Lee Hock Seng said the government should consider to abolish the 10-year work permit cap for foreign workers to increase productivity.

“Under the current regulations, foreign workers are given work permits of up to 10 years.

“We hope the government will abolish this provision because employers spend money for their training and they (foreign workers) leave when they have the experience.

“Retaining skilled foreign workers increases productivity as it reduces training downtime, and improve overall efficiency.

“It will also enable the management to focus on moving up the value chain by producing higher value-added products compared to retraining new workers to perform the same tasks,” Lee told The Malaysian Reserve via an email reply.

He said his company is also facing other cost issues due to the weakened ringgit despite the low fuel prices.

“With lower margins, it impacts the group’s competitive advantage when marketing its products overseas as customers tend to seek cheaper alternatives.

“Thus, we hope the government will help the manufacturing sector especially companies that export their products with a lower corporate tax rate or increased export incentives,” Lee said.

Malaysia exports plastic products worth US$7.6 billion (RM31.69 billion) in 2014 and the industry is growing at a compounded rate of 22.3% since 2010.

He also chastised some local bodies that prefer imports over “made in Malaysia” products.

“A case in point is the usage of imported steel kidney trays in hospitals when locally produced products such as plastic kidney trays and ear scanner covers are available and widely used as a hygienic and cost-effective alternative.

“We hope the government would encourage the public sector to use more locally-made plastic products due to its affordability and comparable quality,” Lee said.

In line with promoting environmentally friendly practices, Lee hopes the government will introduce incentives to encourage local manufacturers to adopt “zero waste” solutions and reduce wastage.

In 2014, the manufacturing industry contributed 6.2% to the overall gross domestic product.

ALOR SETAR: The Kedah Immigration Department rounded up 79 illegal immigrants for various offences at a mall here.

Ops Bersepadu was carried out by 34 personnel from the department who were assisted by officers from the Alor Setar City Council.

Department director Mohamad Yusri Hashim said illegal workers were picked up at eateries, clothing retail outlets, as well as security guards and mall cleaners during the 8pm raid on Wednesday.

The workers, aged between 19 and 43, are believed to be from Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Thailand and the Philippines.


Mohamad Yusri said they had no travel documents.

“We also arrested a 35-year-old local man, believed to be the supervisor of a cleaning services company, who had hired some of the illegal workers,” he said in a statement.

He advised mall tenants to give job opportunities to local people, adding that it was regrettable that foreign workers, especially those without valid documents, were hired instead.

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The government needs to address the rising cost of foreign worker recruitment in the 2016 Budget 2016, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said. The MEF, in a statement, claimed that foreign worker recruitment costs had increased due to outsourcing of services by the government, imposition of levy, expiration of Fomema\'s 15-year concession, and high medical inspection cost. This is one of the measures outlined by the MEF in its 2016 Budget proposals to arrest the escalating costs of doing business which it said had become overbearing. – Bernama, September 30, 2015.