KOTA KINABALU: The crackdown against illegal immigrants in Sabah will be stepped up with house-to-house checks on foreign maids who are hired without any documents, said state Immigration Department director Abdullah Sani.
Abdullah said although records showed that some 30,000 Indonesian and Filipino maids were working legally in the state, information from the public indicated that there was a substantial number who were hired without any documents.
He said the department had decided to conduct house-to-house checks that would begin soon under the exercise called Ops Pintu.
The Ops Pintu came in the heels of Ops Sayang, which saw Immigration Department officials carrying out checks on foreigners at various nightspots in the state capital.
Abdullah said the department had also received many applications from individuals requesting to hire more than two maids, adding that such applications were being carefully screened.
He said this was because the department had discovered that some employers were getting their foreign workers who were hired as maids to work in their coffee shops or other business premises.
Employers were doing it to avoid paying the higher levy for general workers which amounted to RM860 per year while it was RM360 for maids, he added.