No Extension On Period For Foreign Worker Entry: Home Minister

The government will not extend the entry period for foreign workers through the Workforce Recalibration Program 2.0 which ended on May 31.

Home Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the period given was considered reasonable and the announcement was made earlier. In fact, he said employers have enough time to manage what is needed.

“The announcement of the deadline for foreign workers (Bangladesh) to be brought in (to Malaysia) has already been announced earlier, which is the deadline set for May 31. When the date was set, we took into account all the meaning of the process starting from the approved quota, health check, getting a visa and arranging tickets which for us the period of May 31 is a reasonable period,” he said, after attending the Penang State President Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak’s Visit Program to Seberang Perai Prison, in Penang, today.

Recently, a video circulating on social media is believed to have been filmed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) showing Terminals 1 and 2 crowded with what are said to be groups of newly arrived foreign workers.

Director-General of Immigration, Datuk Ruslin Jusoh when commenting on it said that the rate of increase in the entry of foreign workers was due to the actions of employers who brought them in at the last minute before May 31.

According to him, in comparison, under normal conditions, the daily arrival of foreign workers is between 500 to 1,000 people and started to increase up to 2,500 people a day on May 22 and 4,000 to 4,500 a day on May 27.

Following that, local media reported a request from Bangladesh for Malaysia to allow the entry of nearly 17,000 Bangladeshi workers who have approved work visas, but missed the May 31 deadline to arrive in Malaysia by extending the entry period.

Commenting further, Saifuddin said the influx of foreign workers has reached the target of foreign manpower requirements for the manufacturing, construction and service sectors while for the plantation and agriculture sectors, the government will process according to the current quota approvals without involving new approvals and based on cases.

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