Thursday, October 13, 2016

To Be or Not To Be…Illegal Foreign Workers

In an immigration operation conducted in Penang on Wednesday; 64 foreign workers were detained under Ops Ikrar at two factories at the Perai Industrial Park, Penang for various offences. 

Last month, a caution was made public by the Immigration Department director-general to the industrial sector employers to sort all necessary legal documentations to avoid prosecution and to abide the laws concerning the subject. 
Employers of the industrial sector has been warned of the provision under Section 56 (1) of the immigration Act to freeze their assets should they persist hiring illegal foreign workers beginning October. 

However, the SME Association of Malaysia, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers, the Malaysian Malay Businessmen and Industrialists Association, and the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Indus­try are being indifferent. 
They are defending the violations committed by the industry “because the cost of rehiring foreign workers is too high and the procedures too rigid” and tentatively could hurt the industry which is making life more difficult for the businessmen. 

For crying out loud! The country has to bear the cost of resources carrying out immigration operations on the illegals by the industry. They choice of engaging illegal foreign workers rather than the locals have violated the laws of the country and such retrospect is “arm twisting” the Government and the authorities!