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Malaysia's plan to shift worker levies to companies faces criticism

Top Glove warns it will lose cost-competitiveness

Malaysia relies on foreign laborers, about 4 million including illegal workers, to keep its economy growing.

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian government's recent announcement that employers must absorb the annual levy on foreign laborers has been heavily criticized by the business community.

The move, intended to better regulate the foreign labor market and to increase public coffers, became effective on Jan. 1.

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