Malaysia to Legalise Foreign Workers From Feb 15
The Malaysian government is set to start legalising the undocumented foreign workers from February 15.
Officials said a huge number of undocumented Bangladeshi migrants will be benefited.
“We have launched a campagin to inform the undocumented Bangladeshis and urged them to complete the process,” Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia told migrationnewsbd.com over phone on Tuesday night.
He said initially a migrant will be allowed to work for one year. But the duration may be extended, which is not decided now, he said.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), an affiliated organisation of Dhaka University, co-ordinator C R Abrar said the government should launch campaign so that the undocumented migrants can know and abide by the opportunity.
The measures also have to be in place so that migrants are not cheated in the process, he suggested.
Malaysia will start legalising foreign undocumented workers from February 15.
Following high demands from several sectors, the authorities have decided to legalise the undocumented foreign workers, reports The Star Online Malaysia recently.
Illegal foreign workers with valid employers can come forward to register and legalise their employment under the Immigration Department’s E-kad (enforcement card) programme, reports The Star Online, Malaysia on Tuesday.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali (pic) said the government made the decision to legalise the employment of foreign workers following high demands from several sectors.
“The registration will be available from Feb 15 at all of our offices in the peninsula and state Immigration departments,” he told a press conference after visiting its Shah Alam headquarters at Kompleks PKNS Shah Alam.
Registration for the E-kad will be free and it will be valid for a period of one year.
Only five sectors have been approved for the programme, namely, the plantation, agriculture, industrial, construction and services, said Mustafar.
He added that employers can apply for the E-kad between the period of Feb 15 until June 30.
“There will be no extension beyond June 30 and we are firm on this.
“During the one-year period, employers are adviced to apply for their worker’s passport and permits from their respective embassies,” he said.
He also warned employers not to apply to register their foreign workers through any middlemen or agents.
“The employers have to register their foreign workers with the necessary documentations and it will take two days to process,” he said.
He estimated that between 400,000 to 600,000 foreign workers will turn up to register under the programme.