Employers of Illegal Foreign Workers Face Stiffer Punishment

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Harsher consequences, including whipping and freezing of company assets, for employers who hire or given refuge to illegal foreign workers.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali revealed that he recently met with Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif to discuss the punishments to be meted out to employers who commit immigration offences.

“I have discussed (the judicial issues) with the Chief Justice, and he expressed his readiness (to mete out) the punishments, including whipping, to employers who are still stubborn,” Mustafar said.

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He added that his Department will also punish employers who protect illegal foreign workers by freezing company assets.

As of 11.30pm Sept 11, he said 11,500 illegal foreign workers and 272 employers have been detained nationwide as part of a continuous operation conducted since the end of the E-card programme deadline on Jun 30.

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