The ongoing exercise to weed out the illegal foreign workers is long overdue.
Despite being given more than 18 months to legalise their workers, many employers were dragging their feet and did not take advantage of the 6P scheme. Now that the government is taking action against these illegals, theses employers are asking for a stay and another chance. But a line has to be drawn somewhere, and I think the authority is right to crack down on the illegals.
Many of these are employed by locals. But many others have opened their own businesses and run stores and even shops. Many are involved in crime taking advantage of the fact that officially, they do not exist.
Those doing business are competing directly with the locals, and make life tougher for local traders and businessmen.
Those involved in crime are making the crime situation going from bad to worse.
Many are carrying diseases and thus we now have a resurgence of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. The illegals did not need to go through any health screen, so they are the main culprits in the spread and resurgence of these illnesses.
For those who genuinely need foreign workers to help their businesses,they can always apply officially and go through the official channels. It is precisely because of our lax enforcement that many employers are emboldened to employ the illegals. Why go through many red tapes to get a legal worker when you can just hire off the street?
Having said all these, I do hope that any crack down action should be done humanely and properly and according to our laws and standing regulations. They should be weeded out, but they are also human beings and should be treated in a humane manner.
Actions should also be taken against those who bring in these illegals and those who knowingly harbour these illegals. Otherwise, once these illegals are sent back, they will get the help of these local contacts and come back here again, maybe with a different identity.
And dont forget those officers who knowingly close their eyes due to you-know-why..