PUTRAJAYA: Aug 1 is the new date for the start of the 6P amnesty programme for illegal immigrants.
The exercise, which was supposed to have kicked off Monday, was postponed to make way for the implementation of the biometric registration of legal foreign workers, from Wednesday until July 31.
Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Mahmood Adam, in a statement Tuesday, said besides laying the groundwork of the 6P plan, the biometric registration was to deal with legal foreign workers who ran away from their employers with the intention of being given amnesty through other employers.
The 6P programme entails registration, whitening, forgiveness, monitoring, enforcement and deportation of illegal immigrants.
Mahmood said with the biometric registration, the Immigration Department would be able to identify legal foreign workers who had run away from their employers, including those who had removed their identification documents and were using different identities.
Those identified as such would not be allowed to participate in the whitening process and would be advised to return to their original employers or be deported.
Some 1.8 million legal foreign workers are employed in the country.
"The registration of foreign workers will be fully implemented by the Immigration Department at its offices throughout the peninsular starting tomorrow (Wednesday).
"All employers are required to ensure that all foreign workers employed by them register through the biometric system. No fee will be imposed," he added. - Bernama