Kuala Lumpur: The biometric registration of legal foreign workers scheduled to end on Sunday (July 31) has been extended indefinitely in Malaysia.
New Strait Times quoted Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as saying that the programme would run in tandem with the registration of illegal foreign workers set to begin on Monday (August 1).
"Employers should not delay registration," he added.
According to reports, a commotion broke out at the immigration department headquarters in Putrajaya as thousands of foreign workers gathered outside the office to register themselves.
As of Wednesday, the department had registered 504,007 people from 36,249 employers and the figures were expected to reach 600,000 or more by yesterday.
Meanwhile, State Immigration Director Nasri Ishak said the department would turn its attention to registering illegal workers and immigrants after the biometric registration programme of legal foreign workers was completed.