01 Aug '11, 7am

Malaysia launches foreign labour amnesty: Malaysia launched an amnesty for nearly two million

Malaysia launched an amnesty for nearly two million illegal foreign workers Monday but a labour group condemned the exercise as vague and leaving migrants vulnerable to being cheated. During the six-month programme, foreign workers mainly from Indonesia, Bangladesh, and India will be registered under a biometric fingerprinting system, a home ministry official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. They will then either get to remain and work in Malaysia legally or be deported without facing punishment, the official added. Punishments for working illegally in Malaysia can include jail terms or even caning. The official said the fingerprinting exercise was also aimed at combating crime -- the government says many migrants workers get involved in criminal activities -- and preventing those who are deported from returning to Malaysia under a different identity. "There i...

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