SEPANG: Employers are required to wait for the arrival of their new foreign workers at the KL International Airport (KLIA) to assure authorities that those coming in have a legitimate employer, says Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic).
He said employers are responsible for the documentation of the workers and verifying that they are indeed incoming employees.
ALSO READ: Saravanan: New identity card coming for foreign workers
He said the department’s regulations give employers a period of six hours to receive their foreign workers at KLIA but that period may be extended under certain circumstances.
“The foreign workers in question will not be released until the actual employer as (stated) in the application arrives at KLIA to receive them.
“This regulation aims to ensure that all foreign workers have legitimate employers.
“Employers’ failure to comply with this rule will result in the foreign workers being given a ‘Not to Land’ (NTL) notice.
“They will be sent home on the next flight to their country of origin,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 28), responding to allegations on social media about the management of foreign workers’ entry at KLIA.
ALSO READ: Resolve shortage of foreign workers, say stakeholders
A Facebook post had questioned the action of sending back foreign workers who were not picked up after six hours of arriving at KLIA.
It claimed that the department did not want to take responsibility in the event of a delay.
According to Khairul Dzaimee, since the reopening of national borders, the department has managed the entry of 98,079 new foreign workers from April 1 to Sept 26. – Bernama