Home Ministry looking into RFID card to monitor foreign workers in M'sia

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry will look into the suggestions for a radio-frequency identification (RFID) based card system to be set up to help monitor foreign workers in the country.

"We will review the implementation of the system in our country," said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PH-Kapar) on RFID-based system during Question Time.

Abdullah Sani said the system had been used in other countries such as in Singapore, Dubai and Qatar to monitor foreign workers in their respective countries.

RFID stores digital information in tags or smart labels to capture data using radio waves.

According to Ismail, currently there were about 1.54 million holders of the temporary employment pass for foreign workers (PLKS).

"From the total, due to permit expiry and other reasons, we have arrested a total of 2,766 foreign workers.

Despite this, we have given them another chance due to the movement control order (MCO) and some requests from employers, by giving a special permit for 30-days to allow them to renew their valid PLKS for a period of one year.

"However, it is still subject to the health screening under Foreign Workers Medical Examination Monitoring Agency (Fomema) and the current procedures under the Immigration Department," he said.

Ismail also said there were 15,531 illegal immigrants in the Immigration depot, 786 of whom had tested positive for Covid-19 and been given the necessary medical attention.

"Alhamdullilah, all 786 have recovered and I would like to thank the Health Ministry and other related agencies that have worked hard to give treatment to the illegal immigrants," he said.

He added that the Malaysian government was in the midst of discussions with the source countries to deport the illegal immigrants back to their home countries.

"Alhamdullilah, so far we received good cooperation from them," he added.

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