‘2.2 mil­lion il­le­gals in the coun­try’

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le­gal ad­vis­ers on mat­ters in­volv­ing en­force­ment,” said Musta­far, who urged the me­dia to dis­sem­i­nate the mes­sage to com­pa­nies so that they will be aware of the con­se­quences.

The move to in­voke the pro­vi­sion is aimed at curb­ing the in­creas­ing num­ber of il­le­gal for­eign work­ers in the coun­try.

About six months ago, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced a freeze on the re­cruit­ment of new for­eign work­ers, and a plan to bring in 1.5 mil­lion work­ers from Bangladesh.

Half of the es­ti­mated 4.4 mil­lion for­eign work­ers in the coun­try are be­lieved to be il­le­gal.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, 2.2 mil­lion le­git­i­mate for­eign work­ers rep­re­sented 20% of the coun­try’s work­force in 2010 while an­other 2.2 mil­lion were work­ing here il­le­gally.

On a sep­a­rate is­sue, Musta­far said the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment will en­gage var­i­ous gov­ern­ment agen­cies such as the Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fund Cor­po­ra­tion, In­land Rev­enue Board and Malaysian In­sol­vency Depart­ment to ad­dress the is­sue of Malaysians on travel black­lists.

“We would like to sug­gest the es­tab­lish­ment of a help desk by these agen­cies at the air­port to as­sist peo­ple who have been barred from leav­ing the coun­try.

“The Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment acts only as a gate­keeper and we do not have the au­thor­ity or ex­per­tise to re­solve their is­sues.

“With such a help desk, we hope so­lu­tions can be reached and the black­listed per­son’s travel plans would not be dis­rupted,”

he said.

Musta­far

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