PADANG BESAR: A special court is needed to hear cases of Malaysians harbouring illegal immigrants, said Home Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid.
The matter has become urgent as the number of illegals in the country was on the rise, he said.
Such a court could resolve the problem faced by existing courts, which often take a long time to hear the cases and to mete out decisions, he added.
There are some 112 cases still not heard by the courts in the past two years, he told reporters after launching a gotong-royong to build a new home for villager Abdul Rahim Man at Kampung Datuk Sheikh Ahmad, about 40km from Kangar.
Azmi said he was worried that if such cases were prolonged, it would affect the countrys ability to address the issue of illegals.
It may be in the hundreds now but it could reach thousands when we start to flush out the illegals and those who harbour them, he added.
He urged local employers needing foreign labourers to go though proper channels instead of resorting to hiring illegals because if these workers were nabbed, the employers would also face the music.
On another matter, Azmi directed the National Registration Department (NRD) to give priority to Firdaus Abdullah who presently cannot be admitted into a local university because he only holds a temporary resident's identity card.
It was reported that Firdaus, 17, who studies at SMK Perlis was facing an uncertain future as he was not allowed to enrol in any local institution of higher learning due to his citizenship status.
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