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Employers’ feedback on levies, allowances to be taken into account

JOHOR BAHARU, Jan 20 — Feedback from employers on levies, and transport and housing allowances will be taken into account in the implementation of the minimum wage policy this year, said Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said they were the main issues raised by employers during the discussions held with the ministry.

"These issues will be tabled before the Cabinet for a decision to be taken," he told reporters after opening the 17th Ponggal Festival organised by the MIC Gelang Patah division at the Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Mini Stadium here today.

On worries raised by employers on the phasing out of foreign workers, he said it was part of the transformation process for local workers.

"We want to reduce our dependence on foreign workers and the implementation the minimum wage policy will make employers think of an alternative way to maintain business continuity," he said.

Subramaniam said this included restructuring operation by using semi-automation or full automation to reduce dependence on unskilled labour.

Foreign workers will continue to be needed in the country and their reduction will be carried out in stages, he added.

The implementation of the minimum wage policy is also aimed at channelling the manpower to industries that really need them, he said, adding that there was no legal provision that allowed employers to postpone the implementation of the policy. — Bernama