Malaysia firms want to recruit workers who don't qualify for amnesty

A worker prepares to pack Fraser and Neave (F&N) condensed milk at its factory in Pulau Indah.
PHOTO: Reuters

PETALING JAYA - Local outsourcing companies want to recruit workers who don't qualify for amnesty under the Illegal Immigrant Rehiring and Relocation programme.

The Association of Suppliers and Employees Management of Foreign Workers Malaysia (Tekam) said those working illegally outside approved sectors such as car washes or mini-markets are unlikely to apply to be legalised under the new programme.

Tekam president Datuk Megat Fairouz Junaidi said allowing outsourcing companies to employ these workers was a way for the government to determine their numbers and facilitate their eventual repatriation.

"The move will not only increase government revenue through levies collected but will contribute to the success of the programme," he told reporters here yesterday.

The Home Ministry said on Saturday that the programme, which ends on Dec 31, will allow foreigners working illegally in the country an opportunity to get valid permits and employers to meet labour demands.

However, it only covers workers from the five approved sectors -plantation, manufacturing, construction, agricultural and services.

Meanwhile the Immigration Department has urged employers not to fall for those who claim to be agents for the employment and resettlement of illegal immigrants.

Its director-general Datuk Sakib Kusmi said the irresponsible parties will impose an "extra" fee to register illegal workers without valid documents.

Asked about how many workers are expected to be registered, Sakib said that there are no early figures but he expected that a large number of the estimated two million foreign workers with no valid travel documents will be registered.

The Star reported yesterday that the minimum cost to an employer through the programme will be RM1,200 for each illegal immigrant.