Not only can employers deduct levy, they can also deduct all sorts of
deductions including food and transportation to the point of leaving
nothing to the workers.
It happened in Sinora, a Sabah State Government owned factory at
It used to provide employment for locals but because of the deliberate
and inhumane BN policies, such as the following newspaper extract,
many locals are displaced by slave labours.
Among the slave labourers are also locals. So you think that by
supporting BN policies you will be sure of your prosperity, wait till
your children were forced into slavery.
Children from Sabah were forced into slavery in West Malaysia
thinking that they were continuing their studies. Their parents had to
sell their land in order to finance their so called study in West
This was reported in Borneo Post, Sabah edition.
This article is a lie. Not Sabah, but Malaysia is among the top 3
hotspots in human trafficking.
Employers can deduct levy from wages: Labour DG
KUALA LUMPUR: There is good news for employers — they are now re-
allowed to deduct the levy from the wages of the their foreign workers
until the expiry of their present visas, Labour Director-General Datuk
Ismail Abdul Rahim said yesterday.
They had earlier been directed by the department to stop such
deduction, effective April 1, causing much uneasiness among employers
as they had to bear the cost of the levy and this upset their budget.
The directive was therefore reversed by the Human Resources Minister
Datuk S Subramaniam on Wednesday following numerous appeals by
employers, Ismail told Bernama.
However, Ismail explained that no deduction would be allowed for new
employees registered after April 1 in line with the government's
policy requiring employers from all sectors to bear the full cost of
the levy from that cut-off date.
The rationale to get employers to bear the levy was to discourage them
from employing foreigners, he said.
Nevertheless, Ismail hoped the new decision would lessen the burden of
employers during this economic downturn.
Meanwhile, the Immigration Department has yet to implement the new
levy rates for foreign workers in the manufacturing and services
sectors because it had not been gazetted by the Home Ministry.
The new levy had been doubled for workers in these two sectors from
RM1,800 to RM3,600 a year.
Immigration Director-General Datuk Mahmood Adam told Bernama that the
department expected to implement the new rates by May 1.
However, Bernama understands that the delay in gazetting the new rates
was due to the numerous protests and appeals by employers from the
In fact the Indian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association had threatened
to increase the price of Malaysian favourite indulgence, roti canai
and teh tarik, if the new rates were implemented.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Employers Federation executive director
Shamsuddin Bardan welcomed the Human Resources Ministry's decision to
allow employers to deduct the levy from the workers wages, saying this
was a step in the right direction.
This decision would greatly benefit employers who had thousands of
foreign workers on their payroll.
He hoped the government would review the proposed new levy rate and
maintain the existing one at least until the economy improved.
"This will give some breathing space for employers and help them to
put back their businesses on a stronger footing," he said.