KUALA LUMPUR: The rehiring programme involving illegal foreign workers will start from Monday via online, said the Home Ministry.
This is aimed at giving them a chance to obtain valid work permits to meet labour demands in specific sectors.
In a statement Sunday, the Ministry said the programme, which would be implemented until Dec 31 this year, would be carried out after tight screening.
"The Government will set tight conditions on the illegals and employers who want to participate in this programme, and will ensure those not qualified would be deported according to procedures," it said.
The move would enable the Government to know the number of illegal foreign workers in the country for monitoring and security purposes.
The programme would be evaluated in the first three months - from its effectiveness, and until its smooth running.
It would be done in a careful and controlled manner to avoid cheating, according to the Ministry.
"Employers found employing illegal foreign workers not registered under the programme will face stern action," the Ministry added.
Applications can be done at the Ministry's portal www.rehiring.imi.gov.my, which also spells out in detail the conditions.
Queries on the programme can be directed to the Malaysian Immigration Department's Operations Room from 8.30am to 11pm at 03 - 8880 1555 during weekdays – Bernama .
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