Saravanan: Immigration Dept must make arrival process easier

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry will request that the Immigration Department make the arrival process easier for foreign workers who are brought in legally, says its minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

He made clear that it was not an option to send these workers back to their country.

“There should be no question of having to send back foreign workers whose employers do not receive them at KL International Airport.”He said this when asked to comment on Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud’s statement yesterday that employers are required to wait for the arrival of their new workers at the KLIA and managed all the documentation.

“The foreign workers will not be released until the employer (as stated in the application) arrives at KLIA to receive them. This regulation aims to ensure that all foreign workers have legitimate employers,” Khairul Dzaimee said.

Employers who failed to do so would result in the foreign workers being given a “Not to Land” (NTL) notice and would be sent home on the next flight to their home country.

Saravanan said he would instead ask the Immigration Department to accelerate the process of bringing in foreign workers as many Malaysian employers were in need of them.Under the system of foreign labour intake, he said the Immigration Department was in charge of ensuring that all foreign workers brought into the country were legal and came through the right channel.

“As this is an internal problem between ministries, I will discuss this with the director-general,” he told reporters at the pre-launch of the National Human Capital Conference and Exhibition (NHCCE) 2022 yesterday.

He said the NHCCE would be held on a bigger scale this year after a two-year hiatus.

“This is to further strengthen our national resolve to fortify digital talents in this country.

“Now that we have robots to do the cleaning, cleaners will no longer have jobs.

“What do we do with them? We have to reskill and upskill them. These are the types of issues the conference will address,” he added.

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