What another stupid move again by our minister. The intention not to lower the levy which is to reduce our dependantship on foreign workers, I'm afraid will not achieve the target but instead, the consumer will bear the cost as the restaurant increase their price. This is happen when the minister is for so long cannot feel how ordinary people situation is.Why they cannot think on this simple matter haa? I'm also confident that after a few protest after this, they will adhere to them again...you know, flip-flop government right?
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - The Star
No lower levy for eateries
KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will not support calls by restaurant operators to lower the levy for foreign workers, saying he has no sympathy on this issue.
Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said most restaurants needing many foreign workers were those operating 24 hours – and they had to face the higher cost in the form of a higher levy.
“I will not support their request. I have no sympathy on this levy reduction issue,” he told reporters here today.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when tabling the mini budget in the Dewan Rakyat on March 10, outlined a move to raise the levy on foreign workers except for those in construction and plantation sectors as well as housemaids.
Four days later, four national associations representing Indian, Muslim, Chinese and Bumiputera restaurant operators urged the Government to drop the levy increase, saying that it was unreasonable in view of the economic slowdown and dwindling revenue.