No crackdown if employers followed law: Immigration Dept

09 Jul 2018 / 07:44 H.

PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department has slammed the unfounded criticism by people when it comes to dealing with illegal foreigners.
Its director-general, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali, said there would be no necessity for a crackdown on foreign workers if employers abided by the law and hired foreign workers legally.
"I admit our country still needs foreign workers but employers must play their part and follow the nation's rules and regulations when hiring them," Mustafar said.
He added that any criticism of authorities who were merely performing their duty according to the law was uncalled for.
Mustafar was commenting on criticisms from Malaysian Bar president George Varughese over enforcement operations currently being carried out against illegal foreign workers.
Varughese had said that the Malaysian Bar was troubled by the mass arrest of migrants since July 1, which is part of the government's crackdown on undocumented migrants.
"If there are too many foreigners in the country, law enforcement agencies will be blamed for the so-called lack of action. We are also blamed when taking action against illegal immigrants," Mustafar said.
He said regulations and opportunities to hire workers legally are in place, and as such, every party must adhere to all the requirements of the Home Ministry and the government.
Varughese on Friday called on the government to recognise that a significant number of migrant workers are undocumented through no fault of their own.
"Many undocumented migrant workers remain so because the government provides no avenue for them to independently legalise their status.
"The process of renewing their work permits, legalising their work status, and getting rehired by their employer had to and could only be done by employers via selected private companies which were appointed by the government," Varughese had said.

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