PETALING JAYA: The RM38 fee charged by MyEG for the online renewal of permit for a foreign worker covers a “range of responsibilities”, including biometric verification.
In a statement here yesterday, MyEG said the renewal was implemented with two main objectives.
“The primary objectives are to identify the legal foreign workers in the country and the employers who knowingly or unknowingly employ illegals,” it said.
The other objective was to provide a more convenient and efficient way to transact, the statement added.
“The fee (covers a range of) responsibilities as well as to deliver the renewed permits to the homes or offices of our users with biometric verification,” it said.
Besides the renewal of permits, MyEg said it was tasked with compiling, verifying, maintaining, updating and analysing the database of foreign workers in the country.
The database, it said, included records for both legal and illegal workers, their employers and those who unknowingly had foreign workers registered under their name.
With details of both workers and their employers in MyEG’s database, it said the detection of illegals would be made easier.
“MyEG will capture digital biometrics of the employers and their representatives (and) operate a crowdsourcing platform to gather intelligence on those who take in illegals.
“Analytics will be carried out on the data to generate intelligence on trends causing the proliferation of illegals and employers with a disproportionate number of foreign workers absconding,” it said.
The company, said MyEG, would also be bearing the costs of deportation of detained illegals.
To ensure a smooth transition to online renewal, the company has set up temporary booths to field public enquiries and help in registering for a MyEG account, it said.
In Malacca, some 200 people staged a protest outside the Immigration Department office in Ayer Keroh here against the online renewal system.
The employers from Malacca and Tangkak, Segamat and Muar gathered at the department’s foreign workers division office of the Home Ministry complex at 3pm yesterday.
Spokesman P. Preminder said they wanted the department to continue with counter services as an option besides MyEG.
“We have had no problems liaising with the department all this while and we don’t see the need to use MyEG,” he said.
Federation of Vegetable Farmers Association chairman Tan So Tiok said most of them were not tech-savvy and knew little about computers.
“Many of us do not even use online banking services,” he said.