Malaysia to legalise migrant workers from 15 countries

Date: 2020.12.10

The Malaysian government has decided to implement the Undocumented Migrants Recalibration Plan to legalise illegal foreign workers from 15 countries, including Cambodia. These workers may continue to work in the construction, industry and agriculture sectors in Malaysia.

According to a statement issued by the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia on December 8, the legalisation plan, which will continue until June 30, next year, does not include the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

To be legalised through the programme, the embassy said, employers and illegal workers must comply with terms and conditions and are not in the blacklist of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

Also, all employers and illegal workers are required to pay a deposit of RM500 ($125) and RM1,500 ($375) for each worker’s application via the online system.

The Cambodian embassy said employers must bring their workers to the FOMEMA Centre for medical check-ups and pay taxes (levy), processing fees (PLKS) and visas. Workers must have a passport that is valid for at least 18 months and must not be blacklisted by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

The embassy also said the legalisation plan is only for workers who have been illegally working in Malaysia during a tourist visit (Social Visit Pass), workers with expired employment visa prior December 31 or are reported of running away from their employer.

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