PETALING JAYA — December 14, 2015: Eight cases of document forgery in the application of employment passes (EP) have been detected by the Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service (MYXpats) Centre since it was opened last July.
Director-General of Immigration Datuk Seri Mustafa Ibrahim said the cases involved companies in the construction, manufacturing and mining industries which had used falsified letters of support and documents from the industries’
“The Immigration Department views seriously the matter as it could pose threats to national security. Stern action, including blacklisting, awaits the companies and agents involved.
“MYXpats Centre has also lodged police reports and investigations are being done under the Penal Code,” Director-general of Immigration Datuk Seri Mustafa Ibrahim told reporters here today.
The centre was opened last July 1 as a one-stop centre to process applications and issue the EP and related passes for expatriates wanting to work in Malaysia.
It is a joint initiative between Immigration, Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) and is overseen by the Home Ministry.
Mustafa also said that 139,132 illegal workers had surrendered to be deported to their country of origin under the 3+1 programme between January and November 17.
This has helped reduce the operation cost at immigration detention depots as workers who surrender themselves under the programme need not be placed at the depots.
Mustafa also revealed that 57,608 illegal workers and 752 employers who hired them had been arrested since January this year. — Bernama