PUTRAJAYA: Starting Sept 1, employers who fail to settle their compound payments with the Immigration Department will be blacklisted.
Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali said the compounds were imposed on employers who failed to register their illegal foreign workers under the rehiring and relocation programme.
"They have until end of this month to settle it or they will be blacklisted.
"They will be banned from leaving the country and from all other dealings with our department until they pay the compounds," he said at a press conference at the Immigration Department headquarters here on Saturday (Aug 4).
Mustafar added that the employers should have settled the fines when they brought their workers to sign up for the rehiring programme, but many did not.
"It is not a big amount, and they were given ample time to pay, so there should be no excuse," he said.
Following the end of the rehiring programme on June 30, the Immigration Department launched Ops Mega 3.0 to crack down on illegal immigrants nationwide, with 5,444 illegal immigrants and 135 employers arrested since July 1.
However, illegal immigrants looking to avoid detention have until Aug 30 to surrender themselves and be sent back to their home countries under the 3+1 amnesty programme.