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Sunday September 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Sunday September 1, 2013 MYT 6:53:05 AM
PETALING JAYA: Coffee shop operators have called on the Government to investigate claims that many foreign workers have failed to obtain work permits after submitting their applications under the 6P amnesty programme.
The Malaysia Singapore Coffee Shop Proprietors’ General Association said while they laud the Government’s initiative to launch a crackdown against illegal immigrants, authorities should also look at why some of the workers did not receive their permits despite having applied and paid for them.
Its president Ho Su Mong said the Home Ministry had tasked 277 agents with registering immigrants under the amnesty programme in 2011 and levies and other charges had been paid in full to them.
“Some of the foreign workers got their permits, but there are many who are still waiting for their papers to be processed.
“We fear that many of these agents may not have carried out the task given by the ministry, resulting in illegal workers being penalised unfairly.
“While we fully support the initiative to weed out illegal immigrants, we sincerely hope the Government will investigate why there are those who have yet to be given their work permits despite having paid for them,” he said in a statement.
Today marks the beginning of a nationwide crackdown against an estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants nationwide.
Over 135,000 personnel from various enforcement agencies including police, immigration department, armed forces and local authorities will be involved in the crackdown.
Ho claimed that some agents have closed down their operation and this resulted in the workers not being able to obtain a valid permit to work in the country.
“We hope and appeal to the Government to act fairly during the mass crackdown,” he added.
In 2011, the Government allowed illegal workers to be legalised under the illegal immigrant comprehensive settlement (6P) programme.
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