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(File pix) Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said Malaysia was still in need of foreign workers, but the hiring process by employers must be done in accordance to the law. Pix by Mohd Yusni Ariffin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department will continue its crackdown on illegal immigrants in the country, said its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

He said the department would not compromise on the issue to ensure that Malaysia’s sovereignty and security remained protected.

“If we look at the influx of foreigners here, the law enforcement was said to be weak and that no actions were taken (to address this).

“However, we are also being blamed when actions are taken against the illegal immigrants.

“Opportunities and regulations in hiring foreign workers have been provided and they must be done in line with the conditions imposed by the Home Ministry and government,” he said in a statement today.

Mustafar said Malaysia was still in need of foreign workers, but the hiring process by employers must be done in accordance to the law.

“Don’t be too eager in blaming the enforcement agencies who are carrying out their duties to curb (the influx of) illegal immigrants,” he said.

The Bar Council had yesterday urged the government to stop operations against the illegal immigrants.

Its president George Varughese said a large number of immigrants had no way of obtaining legit documents and had to depend on their employers.

He said most of them could not obtain the documents as the authorities here did not provide venues for them to obtain legal status.



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