Over 120,000 illegals register for regularisation programme in Sabah

  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Jul 2019

KOTA KINABALU: The regularisation programme for illegal workers in Sabah, which ended on June 30, saw the registration of over 3,100 employers and 123,575 workers.

Of the total registered workers, 95,226 were Indonesians (54,900 were registered as foreign workers and 40,326 as dependents) while 28,349 were Filipinos with 17,235 being foreign workers and 11,114 dependents.

The regularisation programme allows employers to legalise their Indonesian and Filipino workers working illegally within the plantation and agriculture sectors.

Sabah Immigration Department director Datuk Musa Sulaiman said the next step would be for the registered employers to hand over the passports of their foreign workers and their dependents to the Immigration Department for security screening by Sept 30.

"Those who have passed our security screening can go on to the next stage, which is to have their compounds paid, special passes, levy, visa and other fees settled," he said in a statement here Friday (July 5).

Musa said these foreign workers and their dependents would get their visit passes (temporary work) and social visitors' passes (for dependents) processed after all the necessary feesweare paid by their employers.

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