MBAM Requests for Extension for E-Card Registration, Immigration to flush out illegal immigrants from midnight

The Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) has appealed to the government for an extension for the e-card registration until 15 February 2018 to coincide with the closing date of the rehiring programme. The association said it would seek the assistance of the Immigration Department of Malaysia to resolve issues pertaining to problems and delays in registering for the e-cards.

In a related development, the Immigration Department said it would launch a large-scale operation to flush out illegal immigrants in the country at midnight tonight following the passing of the deadline to register for the Enforcement Card or E-card. As of 8 am today, a total of 155,680 illegal immigrants working for 26,957 employers had applied for the E-card and 140,746 of the cards were issued. This is only 23 per cent of the 600,000 cards targeted by the Immigration Department. Director-General of Immigration Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said that after the deadline passed, the department would arrest illegal immigrants and prosecute their employers under sections 56(1) and 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/1963, including those employing immigrants with student passes.

 

Johor Tourism Mission To Jakarta, Bangkok & China

Tourism Johor will send a tourism promotion mission abroad to further promote the state’s tourism products and services. Johor Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the mission, to be carried out under the ‘Xplore Johor’ programme would be sent to Jakarta in Indonesia, Bangkok in Thailand and a city in China. The mission to Jakarta is planned in July, followed by the other two cities.

 

Langkawi to host PATA Travel Mart 2018

Nealry a year of being admitted as a member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) has been given the honour to host PATA Travel Mart 2018. LADA chief executive officer Datuk Azizan Noordin said that the event would be an impetus to propel Langkawi to the next level of tourism development. He said the event was tentatively scheduled for three consecutive days from September 12, 2018 at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC). “We foresee that about 3,000 people will be coming to the Travel Mart, including exhibitors, buyers, media, government representatives, and from the PATA Secretariat,” he added.

 

World’s biggest indoor ski resort opens in Harbin

The US$6 billion Harbin Wanda City opened for business on Friday, the conglomerate’s sixth theme park as it pushes further into the country’s leisure and entertainment industry to compete with Disneyland and Universal Studios. Located in the city — near the country’s northern border with Russia — with China’s longest and harshest winter, the resort features Russian architecture, a movie cineplex and a grand piano-shaped indoor ski resort that allows 3,000 people to ski or snowboard on six runs, all in an area covering 1.6 square kilometres. Up to 30,000 people will be hired to work in the resort when it is completed.