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PUTRAJAYA: It is the government’s policy to give priority to local workers and reduce the number of foreign workers in the country.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said this was proven by the fact that there was a decrease in the number of foreign workers in the past two years.

 KUALA LUMPUR: BOSSES who make their foreign workers pay the employment levy imposed by the government will be held liable under the law.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib said they could be cited under the Fee Act 1951.

The ministry had made it clear in the past that employers were legally bound to commit to the Employers Undertaking document, which they signed before they were permitted to hire foreign workers.

Aside from the levy obligation, employers must also adhere to other conditions when employing foreign workers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Employers stand to save up to RM10,000 when employing new domestic maids once they are allowed to do so directly, without having to go through maid agencies.

 In the 2018 Budget tabling today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that employers can now opt to engage maids directly from nine source countries.

 

 Malaysian Maid Employers Association (MAMA) president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said this is a positive development as the existing cost could be more than halved.

 

“For example, if one were to hire an Indonesian maid through an agency, employers have to pay between RM14,000 to RM18,000 which include levies, visas, permits, medical costs and more.

 

“From the total, around RM10,000 goes to the agent for training, temporary accommodations, flight tickets and the ‘middlemen’ in Indonesia.

 

“Through the initiatives announced by the government, employers can bypass all these and deal directly with maids at the source countries. I hope this initiative is retained,” he said.

 

Apart from having the option to hire the maids directly, the government had also announced that employers can apply for visas for their maids from the Immigration Department online, at existing levy and processing fee rates.

 

Engku Ahmad Fauzi said the move would speed up matters for employers with regards to registration, as well as reducing the cost of employing maids.

 

“Currently, employers have to go to the Immigration Department themselves or use an agent to register their foreign worker. This is very inconvenient for those who are busy as the registration process can take more than a day.

 

“I am grateful to the government and hope that employers will be more responsible with their maids as they can now no longer pass the blame to the agents if any problems occur,” he said.

KUALA LUMPUR: Progressive levy hikes based on the number of foreign workers hired will be implemented from 2019, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said this will allow more employment of locals and systematically reduce the hiring of foreign workers.

"To encourage the hiring of local workers and control the number of foreign workers, the proposal to increase levy rates progressively has been considered and agreed," he said in a statement after chairing the Cabinet committee meeting on foreign workers and illegal immigrants in Parliament yesterday.

Ahmad Zahid said the decision, which was made after consulting stakeholders, would also encourage a working environment that is more conducive and competitive.

"The new levy model and rates proposal was presented by the Human Resources Ministry," he said, adding that it was one of the eight meeting papers presented yesterday.

"According to statistics as of July 31, there were 1.75 million legal foreign workers compared to 2.13 million in 2015."

He said the government has also agreed to increase the frequency of health screening for foreign workers.

"This is to prevent the increase of infectious diseases cases in the country.

"Beginning January, it will be compulsory for all foreign workers to do the existing health screening and additional screenings."

Currently, all foreign workers are required to do a health screening prior to leaving their country of origin, a second within a month of arriving in Malaysia, a third at the end of the first year in Malaysia and one more at the end of the second year of residing in Malaysia.

"The additional screenings must be done once every two months in the fourth, sixth, eight and tenth year, which is in line with the maximum 10 years of employment," he said.