RM13.7b levied from for­eign work­ers

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KUALA LUMPUR: Some RM13.7 bil­lion has been levied from for­eign work­ers in the last 10 years, said Home Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid yes­ter­day said about 1.7 mil­lion for­eign work­ers with tem­po­rary for­eign work per­mits contributed RM1.4 bil­lion in taxes as of June this year.

“It was re­ported that in 2012, RM2.6 bil­lion was col­lected, 2013 (RM2.4 bil­lion), 2014 (RM2.6 bil­lion) and 2015 (RM2.2 bil­lion). Last year, RM2.5 bil­lion was col­lected from le­gal for­eign work­ers.

“These fig­ures are based on the num­ber of for­eign work­ers who have been hired le­gally and have tem­po­rary work per­mits.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the gov­ern­ment could not pro­duce spe­cific fig­ures for il­le­gal for­eign work­ers as they did not pay tax and (as such we can­not) con­clude the losses.”

Zahid was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Dr Ko Chung Sen (DAP-Kam­par), who wanted to know about the num­ber of for­eign work­ers and the losses in­curred in re­la­tion to levy col­lec­tion in the past 10 years.

Ef­fec­tive April 1, it was made com­pul­sory for em­ploy­ers to make on­line ap­pli­ca­tions in hir­ing for­eign work­ers.

The rul­ing is ap­pli­ca­ble for the hir­ing of le­gal for­eign work­ers ex­cept for do­mes­tic helpers from all source coun­tries.

On­line ap­pli­ca­tions are meant to pre­vent em­ploy­ers from be­ing cheated by em­ploy­ment agents by way of pay­ing ad­di­tional costs and to pre­vent the agents from tak­ing ad­van­tage of for­eign work­ers.

PIC BY FARIZUL HAFIZ AWANG

For­eign work­ers at a con­struc­tion site in Ser­dang.

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