Looking to monitor workers via RFID system


Reports by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM, MARTIN CARVALHO and TARRENCE TAN

THE Home Ministry will look into a proposal for a radio frequency identification (RFID) based card system to monitor foreign workers in the country.

“We will review the implementation of the system,” said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said in his reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PH-Kapar) who asked about the use of the RFID card system as part of a long-term plan to monitor foreign workers.

Abdullah Sani also pointed out that the system had been used in other countries such as Singapore, Dubai and Qatar.

RFID technology is used to store information digitally in tags or smart labels to capture data using radio waves.

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

“Due to permit expiry and others, a total of 2,766 foreign workers have been arrested.

“We have given another chance due to the movement control order and some requests from employers through 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 the Foreign Workers Medical Examination Monitoring Agency and the current procedures under the Immigration Department,” he said.

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