SHAH ALAM – The Immigration Department has detected false Enforcement Cards or E-cards which has been distributed to illegal migrant workers.
Director-General of Immigration Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said, the department has detected 40 of these false E-cards since the registration exercise began on Feb 15.
“We have acted against the so-called agents who attempted to issue the false E-cards. We will act against everyone who try to issue the false cards.
“We have also detained a Bangladeshi national who had eight false E-cards in his possession,” he told reporters after joining an operation to flush out illegal immigrants in Kota Kemuning today.
Mustafar said the E-cards issued by the department use biometric system where information on the employers and migrant workers were inserted into the card and it was difficult to falsify.
“The design of the false E-cards may be similar but the Quick Response Code (QR Code) is different. We can differentiate the card from the fingerprints of the employer and worker,” he said.
On the two operations, which began at 11 pm yesterday and ended at 3 am today, Mustafar said 156 illegal migrant workers and two employers, all aged between 20 and 45, were arrested in Seri Kembangan and Kota Kemuning.
The workers were from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam, Indonesia and China, he added.
“The Immigration authorities are strict in safeguarding our national sovereignty. The primary factor for any failure of the E-card system is the stubborn attitude of employers in not registering their illegal migrant workers,” he said.
Mustafar said the arrested illegal immigrants will be deported to their countries of origin.
“They will be kept at the respective state immigration detention depots prior to deportation,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette