PETALING JAYA: The Chinese business community has backed the MCA’s call for the nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants to be postponed until after the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Malaysian Retailer-Chains Association president Datuk Nelson Kwok strongly supported the move, adding that the operations, which started on Tuesday, affected all sectors and would halt the nation’s economic growth in the long run.
“Many would hesitate to expand their businesses due to a lack of workers. This will create a chain reaction and ultimately the Government will be affected in terms of tax collection,” he said.
Before carrying out the operations, the Government should give a notice of “three to six months”, he said.
Lim Association executive adviser Tan Sri S.P. Lim also thinks that at least three months’ notice should be given to employers.
“Many are not prepared. It not only affects the businesses, but also contributes to rising prices. When the workers run away, it affects production and when there isn’t enough supply, prices go up,” he said.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had on Tuesday called for the crackdown to be postponed to prevent inconvenience to the people in the run-up to the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Bina Puri group managing director Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng agreed that the exercise should be put off “until maybe the end of February”, though he agreed that the Government had given ample notice.
“Some employers just ignore the notice. It’s important for the human resource department of the companies to work hard in ensuring that illegal workers are registered.
“The operations show that the Government is very serious about tackling the issue of illegal immigrants. This will help in reducing crime and improving public safety,” he said.