Almost 7000 foreign workers through RTK 2.0 have been registered in Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu: A total of 712 employers in the state have registered 6,855 foreign workers each through the Workforce Recalibration (RTK) 2.0 program which ended at the end of last month.

Of that number, only 3,428 or 50 percent have done the foreign worker verification process.

The director of the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM), Azhar Abd Hamid, said all employers are requested to manage the registration of foreign workers immediately through a verification process including biometric facial recognition.

He said, the employer’s failure to bring his employees to the verification process could be subject to legal action.

“Employers who fail to register foreign workers for the verification process may be subject to action in accordance with Section 56 (1) (d), Immigration Act 1959/63 and Section 55B of the same act for the offense of employing foreign nationals.

“If convicted, the offender can be fined and sentenced to prison or six lashes,” he told the media at his office today.

Also present was the Deputy Director of State JIM, Mat Amin Hassan.

Azhar said that the opportunity for employers to register foreigners has been closed.

Starting last January, he said, enforcement operations were intensified and foreign nationals who did not have any valid travel documents and overstayed would be subject to action.

“The state JIM has already held a meeting with several state government Excos and they agreed with our desire to make Terengganu a ‘halal’ workplace,” he said.

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