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Malaysia to issue temporary passes for illegal foreign workers

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 17th January, 2017 01:27:52 PM
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Malaysia to issue temporary passes for illegal foreign workers

The Malaysia government will be offering temporary foreign worker cards to undocumented workers to absorb them into the workforce legally, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced on Tuesday.


However, the initiative is only for those who are already employed, he said.


The move ensures that operations and production are not be disrupted and will allow authorities to monitor foreigners who are in the country.


Announcing this, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said the passes would be issued by the Immigration Department and employers must also pay a levy as per the normal procedure for hiring foreigners.


"They can start applying for the temporary card for their illegal workers once the Attorney-General's Chambers has sorted the legal process," he said after chairing the Cabinet Committee meeting on foreign workers and illegal immigrants on Tuesday.


Zahid added that the initiative, however, would be carefully scrutinised so that it is only based on need.


The temporary foreign workers’ card will serve as an identification card, besides the temporary foreign work permit (PLKS) .


The committee also agreed to allow four sectors to employ foreign workers in order to ease the worker shortage.


The sectors are poultry farming, mining and quarrying, cargo handing and hospitality and tourism.