UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGNERS – TIME TO ACT MALAYSIA SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGNERS – TIME TO ACT MALAYSIA SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE

First let me state that internal and homeland security is the prerogative of the government!

So certain NGOs who make their living from local and international grants and support by addressing foreigner workers issues should butt out!

As for the UN I say the same.

It is easier if the UN can organize a huge ship and collect these undocumented foreigners from our shores and take them to their asylum cities but will they?

Already UN sponsored card holders are rotting in many destinations, which includes Malaysia!

I have elaborated on this in an earlier post as such no need to repeat herein.

So it is true that I am among the few sane individuals who support the Malaysian home minister on a policy reversal announced this week to arrest workers who lack valid papers in an effort to get them documented, and then vaccinated, as part of measures to contain surging coronavirus cases.

Yes, we are all aware that in February we had assured undocumented migrants that they would not be arrested when COVID-19 vaccinations began.

But have they come forward?

Have they joined forces with the relevant authorities to fast track the matter?

No they are still operating underground.

The latest wave which is a clear and present danger needs a response so as stated by the pragmatic and visionary Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin, the government had reversed its stance to protect the migrants and citizens from a new wave of the virus!

Can these NGOs and those UN related agencies explain why these illegals and undocumented foreigners have yet to seek their respective embassy’s assistance to gain legitimate identification papers?

In fact the government has go a long way in stating that they will assist but these illegal cluster must also do their part instead of continuing to hide while their self-serving mouth pieces self-righteously release press statements and threats?

There is no clandestine motive here as stated by the home minister – once the undocumented get the requisite papers and are vaccinated, they would have to decide whether they want to keep working in Malaysia, or return to their home countries.

The World Bank estimates that between 1.23 million and 1.46 million undocumented migrants worked in Malaysia in 2017.

I believe that figure is grossly underestimated!

As such, it is timely that the Immigration Department, along with the police and the National Registration Department would arrest undocumented migrants and anyone caught flouting lockdown protocols, starting June 1.

Let us not forget that Malaysia reported 8,209 new infections on Thursday, taking the cumulative caseload to nearly 600,000. With 103 virus-related deaths, pandemic fatalities rose to 3,096.

We are also facing the rise of workplace clusters, which have recorded a high number of new Covid-19 cases, besides the festive and interstate clusters!

A statement also made by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Are we not disturbed that a total of 287 workplace clusters involving 17,087 cases were recorded from April 1 until yesterday, with 233 clusters involving 16,785 cases still active.

That the three States recording the highest number of workplace clusters during the period are Selangor with 74 clusters (25.7%), Johor with 53 clusters (18.4%) and Penang with 31 clusters (10.8%).

That the manufacturing sector is identified as the highest contributor to the cluster compared to other sub-categories with 132 clusters (46%), followed by the service sector with 57 clusters (20%)?

The other sub-categories are the public administration cluster and the construction cluster.

This is a time the nation has to act and act decisively and those in the sidelines and outside busy bodies just shut up and politicizing a national security issue!

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