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Saturday October 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by farik zolkepli
KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign workers with valid working permits will be issued new passes by mid-November.
Boasting improved security features, the I-Cards will be the first among a new series of identification cards that will also be issued later to licensed weapon owners, foreign students, Rela and Civil Defence Department personnel.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the new and improved passes would include biometric and bar code identification and would first be issued to 2.5 million foreign workers nationwide in stages.
“We are confident that the new cards will ensure only legal foreign workers are in the country. It will also ensure a more effective enforcement effort,” he said.
He said some 646,000 foreign workers would be issued with the passes by Nov 15 under the first stage of implementation.
“The Prime Minister approved the production of the cards on Thursday evening as a means of better enforcement against illegals.
“Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) will be the principal producer of the cards,” he said at a press conference after launching the Tafsir Al-Quran Ar-Rahman at PNMB headquarters here yesterday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the cards would be issued in different colours based on the sector of work.
“For example, the colours for the service sector and the plantation sector will differ.
“The cards will have enhanced security features which will prevent any tampering or forgery,” he said.
A bar code on the card will contain all relevant details of the foreign worker, making it impossible for anyone to forge the cards, he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said that once issued with an I-Card, foreign workers would be spared having to carry their passports as the card would contain sufficient information about the worker.
“The foreign workers can safely keep their passports or other relevant documents such as work permits.
“Enforcement personnel will look out for the I-Card once it is implemented,” he said.
He said the cost of the cards would be fully absorbed by the foreign workers and there was no additional expenditure for the Federal Government.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also said the operation against illegal foreigners would continue beyond Dec 31 this year.
“Issuing the I-Cards is a further incentive for us to step up efforts against illegal foreigners,” he said.
It was previously reported that the Home Ministry, through the Immigration Department, had issued identification cards called the I-Pass to foreign workers on Employment Passes and to Residence Pass holders in 2011.
The identification document has security features similar to the MyKad.
However, the ministry has since embarked on a better identification card system with the I-Card.
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