Hisham: Exercise to register illegal foreign workers postponed


  • Nation
  • Monday, 11 Jul 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The exercise to register illegal foreign workers nationwide ahead of an amnesty has been postponed indefinitely until all parties are ready for it.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said on Monday that the exercise would be held only after all parties were sure the process could be carried out without any glitch.

The exercise, aimed at encouraging an estimated two million illegal workers to register by being fingerprinted in a biometric system, was scheduled to start Monday.

"We have decided to postpone the registration of illegal workers through the biometric system until further preparations.

"There are several technical issues and national security matters that we have to sort out before going ahead with this," he told reporters.

The purpose of the registration of the illegal workers was to give them amnesty so that they could work legally or leave the country without being caught and jailed.

But the government decided that authorities had to first register the estimated 1.9 million legal foreign workers.

Hishammuddin did not say when the amnesty scheme would be implemented.

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