Progressive levy for foreign workers by 2019

A PROGRESSIVE levy will be implemented by 2019 in a bid to discourage the hiring of foreign workers, the home minister said.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said employers preferred to hire foreigners if the levy remains too low.

“The suggestion on progressive levy increment and the creation of a more conducive and competitive environment was made and agreed upon to increase the employment of locals,” said Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, after chairing a cabinet committee meeting on foreign workers and illegal immigrants at Parliament today.

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