Sending wrong signal

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  • Saturday, 30 Oct 2004

I AM disappointed with the Government decision to be lenient with the illegal immigrants. 

The amnesty programme, which is not the first, will give a wrong signal to the current and future illegal immigrants. 

We may reduce their number by 10,000 or 50,000 this time but I am sure the number will increase again soon as they know the Government, once the problem is out of control, will again offer them amnesty.  

In addition, these illegal foreign workers can return to Malaysia once they are legally registered, “Foreign workers can return”, (The Star, Oct 26). 

This will provide a golden opportunity for foreign workers, including maids, who run away from their employees.  

My maid of four years ran away three months ago after I told her I would send her back in December.  

She is believed to be working illegally in Ampang. The police report I made was only meant to protect myself if anything happened to her. 

When I reported to the Immigration, I was fined RM250. Ironically, the illegal immigrants will not have to pay anything. 

The only way for the immigration department to catch the run-away maid is if she tries to apply for a permit.  

But all of us know how easy it is for a maid to get a new Indonesian passport with a new name.  

With the growing cases of crime, such as robbery, rape and kidnapping, committed by illegal immigrants, I hope the Government is serious about the action to be taken. 

The Government should provide a hotline for the people to report cases of illegal immigrants.  

R.A.R., Kuala Lumpur. (via e-mail)  

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