MANILA -- The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur said Friday that those who wish to work in Malaysia must have approved work permits or similar papers before they come or start work in the country.
Filipino workers, the embassy said, should always carry immigration documents and proper identification papers to avoid inconvenience in case of immigration checks.
The embassy also asked employers and agents to hand over any passport and other identification documents to their Filipino employees for the latter’s safety and protection.
Even before Malaysia's crackdown on illegal workers, the embassy said it has been assisting undocumented Filipinos since September.
"The embassy coordinated with Malaysian immigration authorities in facilitating the release of exit passes and in the decrease of penalties levied on overstaying foreigners. Embassy representatives have been on hand when these Filipinos apply for their exit passes and taking them by the busloads to the Immigration office. We still are and will be undertaking the same assistance for our nationals,” it said in a statement.
The embassy said it undertakes mobile consular missions, particularly in Sabah, to ensure OFWs have proper documents.
Last year, it provided passports, birth documentations and other forms of assistance to OFWs there. It also deployed a consular mobile team for two-week stay in Sabah twice a month, the embassy added.
The consular missions have visited Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Tawau, Kudat, Keningau, Kota Marudu and Sandakan in Sabah and Kuching, Labuan, Miri, and Bintulu in Sarawak during its missions last year.
It will undertake its first consular mission to Kota Kinabalu this month.