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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sabah Immigration Dept op to nab illegals begins tomorrow

SABAH Immigration officers will tomorrow launch a statewide operation to nab illegal immigrants, a day after the expiry of the deadline for a rehiring programme to register illegal workers, The Star reported.

State Immigration Department director Musa Sulaiman said only 1,088 of the estimated 50,000 illegal Indonesian and Filipino workers in the state had been documented under the six-month Rehiring Sabah 2017 programme, which began in February.

“We do not know the reason for the poor response. We will have to go down to the ground and find out from employers,” he was quoted as saying.

The programme, carried out by state-appointed Syarikat Inti Padu Technology Sdn Bhd, was part of an initiative to overcome worker shortages in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing and services sectors.

Illegal workers were given six months to register, with a payment of RM1,200 each to Syarikat Inti Padu Technology.

The fee does not include levy charges and other immigration costs.

Musa said from January to July 31, Immigration officers had detained 2,741 illegal immigrants.

Filipinos comprised the highest number at 1,928, followed by Indonesians (725) and Pakistanis (64).

The others nabbed were from India, China, Vietnam and Thailand.

Musa sais a total of 60 employers were also arrested for hiring illegals. – August 15, 2017.

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