(File pix) The E-Card, which was launched on Feb 15, functions as a temporary confirmation of employment for illegal foreign workers in lieu of valid travel documents from their respective countries. Pix by Hairul Anuar Rahim

GEORGE TOWN: Penang is free of syndicates producing fake Enforcement Cards (E-cards) for foreign workers.

State Immigration assistant director Khwaja Banthey Navaz Mohamed Haneef confirmed the matter to the New Straits Times here today.

"We have conducted numerous raids since the deadline for the E-card application on June 31.

“So far, we have not come across any fake E-cards or syndicates producing E-cards and issuing them to workers here.

"We are vigilant on the matter and we will inform the media and public on any arrest we make on the issue," he said.

The E-Card, which was launched on Feb 15, functions as a temporary confirmation of employment for illegal foreign workers in lieu of valid travel documents from their respective countries.

The card was given out to foreign workers who applied for them for free, and is valid until Feb 15 next year.

According to records, 8,023 foreign workers in Penang registered for the E-Card.

A crackdown on illegal foreign workers without E-cards was kicked-off following the June 31 application deadline.

In the most recent raid on three locations in the state, 26 illegal immigrants failed to produce E-cards.

The Department's director general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali believes that there are several syndicates involved in producing fake E-Cards which are sold for between RM1,000 and RM4,000 to foreign workers.

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