Employers in Malaysia who hire or harbor illegal foreign workers face assets and bank accounts seizure

Effective as of October 1, employers in Malaysia who continue to hire and harbour illegal foreign workers will have their assets and bank accounts frozen, The New Straits Times Online reported on Friday.

Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the immigration officials have given enough time for employers to comply with the law.

He said action can be taken under the Anti-Trafficking in Person and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

“Beginning tomorrow, strict enforcement will be taken. We will not tolerate such actions any more,” said Mustafar, adding, however, that investigation will be carried out before any action is taken.

He noted that hiring and harbouring illegal foreign workers were serious offences.

The immigration chief earlier warned that assets of employers in the industrial sector who hire and harbor illegal foreign workers would be frozen from next month as provided for under the law.