Those who harbour illegal immigrants will face severe punishment – Immigration DG
KUALA LUMPUR — The Immigration department has reminded that any non-governmental organisation (NGO), employer or individual who protects or hires illegal immigrants without valid permits or documents, can face severe punishment under the Immigration Act and Rules.
In a statement, Immigration director general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said foreigners who overstayed can be punished under Sections 6(1)(C) and 15(1)(C) and would be deported after their sentence and even blacklisted to enter Malaysia.
He also explained that harboring an illegal foreigner is an offence under Section 56(1)(d) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and can face a fine of not more than RM50,000. If, any individual or organisation that protects more than five illegal immigrants can face jail time of up to five years and no more than six lashes of the whip.
From 2019 till 2021, 979 individuals faced legal action for protecting illegal immigrants. He added employers hiring illegal immigrants could be charged with offences under Section 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/63, which stipulates a fine of no more than RM50,000 or up to 12 months in jail or both for each worker employed.
The Immigration Deprtament advised that employers and any individuals who hire illegal migrants to work to ensure registration under the Labour Recalibration Programme extended till December 31.
Till July 22, 155,214 illegal migrants have registered under the Labour Repatriation Programme and 102,592 illegals have registered under the Repatriation Recalibration Plan.
Illegal immigrants who registered under the Labour Recalibration Programme would be considered for Covid-19 vaccinations together with other foreigners who stay in Malaysia, he added.