PUTRAJAYA, May 20 — The Immigration Department has issued some 85,467 enforcement cards (E-Kad) and registered some 93,473 illegal immigrants since the programme, which allows employers to apply for re-employment of illegal immigrants, was open on Feb 15.
Its director-general, Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said it involved some 14,541 employers who applied for E-Kad, a document that serves as a temporary authorisation to replace valid travel documents.
“There are still many employers who do not register their illegal immigrant employees and are waiting until the last minute to do so.
“We will conduct enforcement operations and will take stern action,” he said in a statement today.
The E-Kad registration deadline is June 30.
The Immigration Department had conducted 5,944 enforcement operations nationwide from January to May 18 which saw some 63,.421 foreigners inspected of which 18,176 were detained for various offences.
Mustafar said 499 employers were arrested for hiring, protecting, abetting and allowing illegal immigrants to stay in their premises while a total of 20,070 foreigners were deported.
Of those arrested, 430 were local employers and the rest were employers from Indonesia (19), Thailand (12), Bangladesh (11th), Pakistan (10th), India (7) and the rest other nationalities.
Employers could be charged under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and also face action under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Amendment 2010) (ATIPSOM).
Some 600,000 illegal immigrants are expected to be registered for E-Kad. — Bernama