PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) will carry out ‘Ops Mega 3.0’ to flush out illegal immigrants nationwide on July 1, after the expiry of the deadline for the rehiring and relocation programme on June 30, said ts director-general Mustafar Ali.
He said JIM would not compromise in its search of illegal immigrants and their employers who were too stubborn to register for valid working permit under the rehiring program that began on Feb 15, 2016, and to be phased out on June 30.
He said the department would continue to intensify its operations against the influx of illegal immigrants and would not compromise with any party, in order to safeguard the security and sovereignty of the country through ‘Ops Mega 3.0’ that would commence on July 1.
We do not know how many more illegal immigrants are out there, but the department is firm in enforcing the law, and we will search for all illegals who are scattered around the country.
For employers who are still stubborn and still protecting, hiring and allowing illegals to stay in the premises, this is a grave offence and they are liable to a maximum fine of RM50,000, imprisonment of not exceeding five years and also whipping of not more than 6 strokes of the cane, he said in a special media conference on the rehiring programme here yesterday.
Between Feb 15, 2016 and May 28, 2018, a total of 744,942 illegal immigrants and 83,919 employers were registered in the rehiring programme through three government-appointed vendors, he said.
He added that of 744,942 illegals, 415,791 were present at the department for ‘whitening’ purposes, where 307,557 were qualified for the process, subject to health screening results by Fomema, he said.
Of the 307,557 eligible immigrants, only 110,489 have been successfully ‘whitened’ or legalised and qualified for Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS), while for the rest, the department is still waiting for them to turn up at the Immigration office for the biometric process, said Mustafar reminding employers to expedite the ‘whitening’ process of their illegal workers.
He added that a total of 108,234 illegals were found to be unqualified and were included in the 3 1 programme for repatriation to their home countries by employers and vendors before Aug 30 this year.
From 2014 to May 2018, the department has detained 213,709 illegals and 4,540 employers, of which 19,328 illegals and 659 employers were brought to court, he said.
When asked on why there were many unqualified illegal immigrants, Mustafar explained that there were instances where some employers have 1,000 workers where they only need 500 workers, clearly exceeding the quota set, and there was a possibility for them to sell or hide the excess number of illegals.
Source: NAM News Network