Malaysia defers amnesty plan for illegal labour


 source from The Straits Times, 7 July 2011 

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says authorities will first gather the fingerprints of some 2 million legal foreign workers in the country to create a biometrics database. — PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIA’S government has deferred an amnesty program for illegal labour to tighten measures to curb any abuse of the program.

The amnesty originally slated July 11 will be Malaysia’s biggest effort to manage its growing population of foreign workers. Authorities estimate at least 2 million foreigners work in Malaysia illegally, mostly from neighbouring Indonesia.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says authorities will first gather the fingerprints of some 2 million legal foreign workers in the country to create a biometrics database.

He said on Thursday this would enable authorities to better monitor the amnesty and ensure companies facilitating the registration would not persuade legal foreign workers to sign themselves off as illegal for a quick buck. — AP

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