TARIKH / MASA : 10 SEPTEMBER 2013 / 3.00 PETANG
MAJLIS / PROGRAM : KUNJUNGAN HORMAT HE U AYE MYINT, UNION MINISTER, MINISTRY OF LABOUR, EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY MYANMAR
TEMPAT MAJLIS : PEJABAT MENTERI, ARAS 12, BLOK D1, BANGUNAN KDN, PUTRAJAYA
PUTRAJAYA: The Government has committed to helping more illegal Myanmar workers who qualify to work in Malaysia to get their work permits.
This was raised in a meeting between Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Myanmar Labour, Employment and Social Security Minister U Aye Myint at a meeting here yesterday.
Among the measures, said Dr Ahmad Zahid, is to allow the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur to operate as a one-stop centre for issuing work documents for Myanmar workers.
“We are cautious with our move because there are two categories of Myanmar workers, namely, those with the UNHCR (United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees) cards and those without any proper documents.
“We are faced with a situation where we cannot compromise but because of a lack of workers in certain sectors, and based on humanitarian and the Asean spirit, the Immigration Department will study legal aspects which can be used to help these workers to be registered,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said during a press conference after the courtesy visit by U Aye Myint.
He said there were some 257,000 Myanmar workers in the country, of which only 113,000 had valid documents.
Myanmar citizens made up the third highest number of illegal immigrants in Malaysia after those from Indonesia and Bangladesh, Dr Ahmad Zahid added.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also warned enforcement officers against extorting money from foreigners during the ongoing Ops 6P Bersepadu to flush out unwanted foreigners in the country.
A total of more than 5,000 people have been detained under the operations since Sept 1.
“I have received several verbal reports from employers that there were officers who took advantage of the (foreign) workers by asking for money.
“If the complaints are backed by evidence, we will take stern action.”