‘2.2 million illegals in the country’
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,”