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马来西亚中华总商会文告 ACCCIM Press Release 28-02-2013

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马来西亚中华总商会于2013年2月28日召开其第66届第4次中央理事会会议,来自全国各地的理事及属会代表皆踊跃出席,包括总会长拿督林国璋、署理总会长拿督戴良业、副总会长拿督斯里林锦胜、拿督陈维年、拿督斯里祝友成、拿督黄国忠、丹斯里拿督林峇、执行顾问丹斯里拿督宋兆雄、总秘书拿督卢成全、总财政拿督刘瑞裕等。
会上商议了各项工商经济课题及通过各项会务工作,其中重点商讨了全国最低薪金制自2013年1月1日开始实施后,所引发的各项争议及外劳罢工行动。
 
尽管内阁决定由外劳自行承担人头税,而全国薪金咨询理事会也在2013年2月20日发表文告,指面对财务困难的雇主,可申请展延落实外劳最低薪金一年,但须各别向该理事会提出申请,同时设定下列条件:
- 有关展延申请仅限于外劳;
- 已经在2013年1月开始落实最低薪金的雇主,不能再申请展延;
- 已经落实最低薪金的雇主如面对财务困难,可向劳工部申请将外劳人头税及住宿津贴纳入基薪内,但此条例不适用于种植业者;
- 获得批准展延落实最低薪金的雇主,不可再将人头税及住宿津贴纳入基薪内
 
总商会认为,该理事会的这项宣布不仅没有解决广大业者所面对的问题,反而更加混淆,让雇主无所适从,再加上经过这么多修改后,全国薪金咨询理事会并没有公布最新的执行指南,造成会员商家向各地劳工局查询时,负责官员也由于无所依据而无法给予最新的明确指示。
 
 
马来西亚中华总商会希望政府能够正视这个问题,并在最短的时间内解决,以免中小企业劳资紧绷进一步恶化。
 
此外,对中小企业,以及即将在2013年7月1日开始实施最低薪金的微型企业,政府必须严正看待最低薪金造成中小企业人力成本剧增所带来的连锁反应,政府不能草率地仅仅叫这些中小企业进行自动化、提升效率等,却没有给予任何援助,任由他们自生自灭,这样最后只会重创我国工商业发展。
 
总商会建议:
 
A.   政府应该一律将外劳最低薪金制的推行自动展延一年,而不是要求各别雇主各自提呈申请,因为这将增加彼此的工作量,也让雇主深感压力。
 
B. 咨询私人界意见,重新拟定外劳的薪金架构,将估计平均每月约RM300的人头税 、住宿津贴、水电、医药及意外保险、归国机票、签证费等纳入外劳基薪内。根据粗略计算:
 
外劳原本薪金 基薪RM546 + 超时津贴 RM3.90 x 至少52小时
总数= RM 748.80
 
调薪后 基薪 RM900 + 超时津贴 RM 6.50 x 至少52小时
总数 = RM 1,238.00
 
在扣除上述人头税 、住宿津贴、水电、医药及意外保险、归国机票、签证费等平均每月约RM300后,外劳每月所得仍然增加了RM 189.20。这样,不仅减轻雇主的负担,外劳的实际收入也可增加,实乃皆大欢喜。
 
C.   对于即将在7月1日开始实施最低薪金的微型企业,总商会也呼吁政府展延其实施日期至少1年,让微型企业有更足够的时间调整他们的薪金架构,才不会出现类似目前的混乱情况。
 
另一方面,马来西亚中华总商会将在2013年举行一系列活动,希望可以搭建更多平台,以助会员商家开拓国际市场和商机,并且进一步提升竞争优势。这些活动包括 (3月) 2013年中国浙江-马来西亚企业对接洽谈会、(4月) 赴印尼贸易及投资考察团、(5月) 赴孟加拉贸易及投资考察团、(6月) 本会第67届常年会员代表大会、2013年青商大会、在柬埔寨举行的柬埔寨-马来西亚中小企业产品与服务交流展销会,(9月) 组团赴中国成都参加第12届世界华商大会,以及 (10月) 在缅甸筹办的缅甸-马来西亚展销会。
 
总商会目前也在准备着国际贸工部年度对话会的备忘录,以便反映工商界面对的问题及建议解决方案。此外,本会将在明日礼貌拜会首席大法官敦阿里芬,以了解我国司法制度的最新发展、相关课题,并反映工商界的意见。
 
与此同时,总会长拿督林国璋特别受邀列席即将于3月3日至12日于北京召开之中国政协第十二届第一次会议;而本会领导层也受邀参加4月的首届中国(广东)- 东盟合作华商交流会。
 
农历新年前,中国政协主席贾庆林访问马来西亚,在马中商务理事会主催下,本会作为主要筹办单位,联同另外5大团体在2013年2月6日联办了欢迎晚宴。本会总会长拿督林国璋在晚宴上也把握机会向贾庆林阁下进言,呈函要求贾主席关注我国燕窝出口至中国至今悬而未决的问题,其中包括要求中方开放原盏屋燕窝(毛燕)进口,以及中方加速处理,以落实加工净燕核批进口事宜,以便这项课题能够早日解决,让我国的燕窝业者摆脱目前的困境。

The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCCIM) held its National Council Meeting today, attended by council members and representatives from all the states included Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong (President), Datuk Ter Leong Yap (Deputy President), Vice Presidents Dato’ Sri Lim Sing, Dato’ William Tan, Dato’ Seri Choot Ewe Seng, Dato’ Wee Kok Tiong, Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Bah,  Tan Sri Dato’ Soong Siew Hoong (Executive Adviser), Dato’ Low Kian Chuan (Secretary General), Dato’ Liew Sew Yee (Treasurer) etc. 

 
Various issues and activities on economy and industries were discussed and endorsed in the meeting.  Among the topics discussed, the Council expressed particular concern on the disputes and strikes of foreign workers arising from the implementation of National Minimum Wage since 1st January 2013.
 
Although Cabinet has decided that foreign workers were to pay for their own levy, and the National Wage Consultative Council has issued a Press Statement dated 20th February 2013 saying that employers facing financial constraint can apply to extend the implementation of minimum wage for foreign workers to 2014, these employers need to obtain prior approval from the council and subject to the followings:
- The extension only apply to foreign workers;
- Employers who have already implemented the MW are not allowed to apply for an extension;
- Employers who had implemented the minimum wage policy but who have run into difficulties paying the wages could apply to the Government to be allowed to deduct the costs of levy and accommodation from the workers' pay, except those in plantation sector;
- Employers who apply for an extension of the wage implementation date were prohibited from deducting the levy and accommodation costs from the workers' pay;
 
ACCCIM opined that the announcement by the council does not resolve the problems faced by the industry but creates more confusion as it does not come out with new guidelines to clarify the details.   
 
ACCCIM urges the Government to look into this issue seriously and solve it as soon as possible before the relationship between employers and employees of SMEs is worsen.
 
Meanwhile, the Government should recognise the chain reaction due to the drastic increase of human capital cost to SMEs, and Micro Enterprises to implement the Minimum Wage starting from 1st July 2013.  It is not inadequate to merely request these SMEs to go for automation and increase their efficiency on their own effort without offering any assistance to them.  By ignoring the actual situation and problems facing by the SMEs, it would create adverse impact on industrial development.
 
The ACCCIM proposes:
 
A. Government should give a blanket deferment to the implementation of Minimum Wage for foreign workers to 2014 automatically.  It is only increasing the workload for employers as well as the council, and bringing more pressure to the employers by requesting them to submit application individually.
 
B. Restructure the wage calculation for foreign workers after consulting the industries, so the levy, hostel and utilities, return airfare, processing, PLKS and visa, medical check-up, insurances which work out to RM300 per month as a lump sum, to be included into the basic salary.  Based on rough calculation:
 
Original salary of FW Basic RM546 + OT RM3.90 x at least 52 hours
Total = RM 748.80
 
After adjustment Basic RM900 + OT RM 6.50 x at least 52 hours
Total = RM 1,238.00
 
After deducting levy, hostel and utilities, return airfare, processing, PLKS and visa, medical check-up, insurances which equals to RM300 per month, the actual income for the foreign worker still increases by RM189.20.  With this approach, we can create a win-win situation where the burden of employers can be reduced while income of foreign workers is also increase.
 
C. ACCCIM also urged the Government to extend the date of implementation of Minimum Wage by Micro Enterprises for at least 1 year from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 to allow sufficient time for them to restructure their wages in order not to create another chaos.
 
In the meantime, ACCCIM will organise a series of activities in 2013 with the objectives to create platform for businesses to explore new market and business opportunities, and enhance their competitiveness.  These activities including China Zhejiang – Malaysia Matchmaking Symposium 2013 (March), Trade & Investment Delegation to Indonesia (April), Trade & Investment Delegation to Bangladesh (May), 67th ACCCIM Annual General Meeting and Young Entrepreneurs Conference 2013 (June), Cambodia and Malaysia SMEs Products and Services Exhibition in Cambodia (June), Delegation to 12th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention in China Chengdu (Sept), and Myanmar – Malaysia Expo 2013 in Myanmar (Oct).
 
The ACCCIM is now preparing the memorandum to be submitted for the MITI Dialogue 2013 with issues faced by the manufacturers and traders and the proposed remedial actions.  Meanwhile, ACCCIM will pay a courtesy call to and have a dialogue with YAA Tun Arifin bin Zakaria, Chief Justice of Malaysia.  Among topics to discuss will include recent updates and new developments in the Malaysian Judicial System, to discuss issues relating to the judicial system, and to present feedbacks on various issues relating to the legal system.
 
The council also discussed ACCCIM participation in the 1st China (Guangdong) – ASEAN Cooperation Interaction Forum.
 
Before the Chinese New Year, when H.E. Mr. Jia Qinglin, the Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference visited Malaysia, ACCCIM organised a Welcoming Dinner to him and his delegation together with another 5 Chinese Organisations.  During the dinner, Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong, President of ACCCIM made a representation in writing to H.E. Mr. Jia with the hope that he can assist to solve the problems of exporting bird nest to China which has been delayed for long.  ACCCIM requested that China allow the import of raw bird nest, and expedite the lift of ban on the processed bird nest so as to resolve the predicament faced by Malaysian bird nest industries.