MELAKA, (Nov 20) — The Government will discuss with all parties including employer associations in the country on proposals to impose severe penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
He said this was important to ensure there was no demand for illegal immigrants from employers in the country as when there was no demand there would not be any supply.
“Measures taken by the government to combat illegal immigrants will not be successful if employers do not play their role and continue to hire these illegals.
“A meeting with all parties will be held soon to discuss the issue of illegal immigrants, including the need to impose tougher penalties on employers hiring them,” Wan Junaidi said at a press conference, in Melaka, Thursday.
He had earlier attended the Malaysian Prisons Museum opening at Bandar Hilir which was officiated by the Governor of Melaka, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob. Also present was the Director-General of Prisons, Datuk Zulkifli Omar.
Employing illegal immigrants is punishable under Section 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/63 which carries a maximum of five years’ jail and six lashes of the cane if convicted.
Commenting on the Prisons Museum, Wan Junaidi said the museum was an important historical legacy which could be used as a source of reference for the younger generation, besides being a tourist attraction.
The museum building was the former Bandar Hilir Prison built in the 1860s and on May 21, 2010 the prison held 143 prisoners for the last time before they were transferred to the Sungai Udang Prison.
A variety of exhibits are on display at the museum such as the life of the prisoners during their imprisonment, the inmates’ handicrafts including batik and painting.
The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5.30 pm, except Monday.
Entry fee for Malaysian adults is RM3 per person and children RM1 per person while non-citizen adults is RM6 per person and children RM3 per person. People with disabilities and children under six years enter free.