PUTRAJAYA: Opposition lawmakers who question plans to raid illegal immigrants should act as sponsors for them so that they can be inoculated, says the Home Minister.
Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pic) said that enforcement action against illegal immigrants is actually to ensure they have a chance to be vaccinated.
"If we don't do the raids, undocumented migrants will not come out for vaccination because they don't know how to participate as they don't have documents,” he said.
“By carrying out raids, we can rope in employers and embassies to verify and issue identification documents so that they can register for vaccination,” added Hamzah.
Speaking after visiting a satellite prison and immigration detention centre in Beranang on Thursday (June 3), Hamzah said that any lawmakers who question the enforcement plan can identify illegal immigrants, become their sponsors and help them with documentation
Hamzah was responding to a statement by several Opposition lawmakers who argued that the Home Ministry's plan to carry out raids to weed out illegal immigrants would only lead to them hesitating to come forward to get inoculated.
The lawmakers want the Prime Minister to lay out what exactly is the government’s policy on vaccination for undocumented migrants in the country.
The statement was jointly issued by Sivarasa Rasiah ( Sungai Buloh), Maria Chin Abdullah, (Petaling Jaya), Hasanuddin Mohamad Yunus (Hulu Langat), Kasthuri Patto (Batu Kawan), Charles Santiago (Klang), Dr Maszlee Malik (Simpang Renggam), Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah (Kubang Pasu) Hassan Karim (Pasir Gudang), Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Hee Loy Sian (Kajang) and Lee Khai Loon (Machang Bubok).
Other signatories include Natrah Ismail (Sekijang), Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof ( Parit Buntar) and Chan Ming Kai (Alor Star), Ginie Lim (Machap Jaya and Sim Tze Tzin (Bayan Baru).
Hamzah said that almost 80,000 illegal immigrants have returned to their homeland via the repatriation recalibration programme, while another 108,000 immigrants had registered for the labour recalibration programme.