PUTRAJAYA: The immigration department has given illegal foreign workers until Dec 31 to surrender themselves and pay RM400 following the passing of a deadline for them to apply for the “Enforcement Card” or E-Kad at the end of June.
Its director-general Mustafar Ali said those who are deported to their home countries can return to work in Malaysia with valid permits after the period during which they are blacklisted has ended, if they comply with conditions set by the government.
“They have to surrender themselves and show their return tickets to go back to their countries. We will let them go,” he said after the department’s monthly gathering here today.
He said 8,886 people had been detained, including 243 employers of undocumented workers, by midnight yesterday following the passing of the deadline.
“After the application deadline for the E-Kad ended on June 30, we have been hunting the illegal foreign workers as we estimate that there are 400,000 to 600,000 of them still in the country without permits compared to the 164,808 who have applied for the E-Kad,” he said.
Mustafar added that many have been charged in court and jailed.
Those caught are held in detention camps before they are deported from Malaysia and their names blacklisted, he said.
The immigration department has warned that it would arrest illegal immigrants and prosecute their employers under Sections 56(1) and 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/1963, including those employing immigrants with student passes.