Posted: 01 Aug 2011 11:56 PM PDT
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw presses the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin to improve the overall efficiency of biometric registration of foreign workers.
He should eradicate irregularities and reduce the inconveniences of all concerned.
On 2.8.2011, Dr Tan looks at the inconveniences suffered by people at the various immigration departments during the biometric registration under the amnesty programme.
In the last decades, millions of legal and illegal foreign workers have been earning their living in Malaysia. There are pros and cons. If we estimate the number of foreign workers as 5 million, their impact on the 28 million Malaysian population is huge.
Foreign workers constitute a developpment phenomenon of a country. It is not created by the Home Ministry. To register them is a right step. The ministry is registering them by finger-printing. To call it biometric sounds more scientific. First, record the illegals, then the legals.
Hisham seems fickle in his dealing with biometric. First, he announced registration of illegals at over 60 counters in the country. This was stopped temporarily because of what was said as technical problems. It was quickly resumed. Now, there are 198 Immigration Departments implementing the programme.
Yesterday, there were online snag and shortage of personnel, causing long queues and feeling of frustration. Apparently, there are only 700 staff members in the Immigration Deopartments in Peninsula. The shortage of staff may have contributed to the long delay.
The Government has appointed 1,600 agents to help register foreign workers. What are the criteria of these appointments? How much public fund? Why is it so difficult for foreign workers to go directly to the registration centres?
It appears that from today onwards until 14.8.2011, the registration of foreign workers under the amnesty programme is being conducted 24 hours a day. What happens after that?
The fickleness of Hisham in handling the biometric registration of foreign workers makes life difficult. The issue of foreign workers including domestic helps is complex. They come from various countries. It is not easy to solve. We hope that the overall efficiency of biometric registration under the amnesty programme will be stepped up, making life easier for all concerned. Irregularies must be eradicated.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
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