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April 4 2018

Malaysian Employer Caned for Hiring Illegal Workers

An errant Malaysian employer has been sentenced to one stroke of the cane for hiring illegal workers in the state of Selangor.

Although the law permits such severe penalties, the milestone decision has never been performed in the state before, said Immigration Department of Malaysia's director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.

In addition to the caning, the employer - a bakery owner - will serve six months in jail. He was found guilty of employing 15 illegal immigrants. In 2017, Malaysia's Immigration Department carried out checks on 188,884 employers as part of nationwide operations to curb the practice, which resulted in 1,257 arrests.