Assets freeze for employers who fail to register e-card -Mustafar

Despite being only one month away from the deadline, the registration for illegal foreign workers under the Enforcement Card (E-Card) by the employers in the country is still far below the target

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Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali examining the documents of foreign workers arrested under the Immigration Act 1956/63 in an operation at Low Yat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur.PIX: IQBAL BASRI, 17 MAY 2017

By Mohd Hilmi Mohd Ali

KUALA LUMPUR – Despite being only one month away from the deadline, the registration for illegal foreign workers under the Enforcement Card (E-Card) by the employers in the country is still far below the target.

A total of 85,000 E-Cards have been registered compared to the target of 600,000 workers, said the Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

He also said, they will start taking strict actions towards the employers who fail to comply, including the freeze of assets once it reaches the deadline of 30 June.

“We targeted 400,000 to 600,000 foreign workers to be registered by 30 June. However, we only achieve 85,000 as of now.

“We are no longer at the level where we’ll give warnings. Tougher actions will be imposed by the immigration on employers who fail to register their employees under the E-Card programme.

“Their assets and accounts will be frozen if they still choose to employ illegal foreign workers,” said Mustafar after the operation at Low Yat Plaza and Imbi Plaza at the capital today.

260 individuals were examined and 125 illegal immigrants were arrested under various immigration offences.

The illegal immigrants were from Indonesia (27), Nepal (27), Bangladesh (20) and other citizenship (41) individuals aged between 25 and 40. 105 of them are male while 10 are female.

They are brought to the headquarters of Immigration for further investigation and will then be sent to depot. They are investigated under Immigration Act 1959/63, Passport Act 1966 and Immigration Regulations 1963.

“We will continue to make surveillance and I’d like emphasize that we’ve given opportunities, education and reached out far and wide. The 30 June due date will not be extended,” he stressed. – MalaysiaGazette

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