Bosses of illegals to know next weekPUTRAJAYA: Employers who had hired illegal workers outside the sectors approved under the Government's 6P legalisation programme will know by next week if their appeal will be considered.
Under the Government's foreign workers employment policy, foreigners are only allowed to work in five sectors manufacturing, plantations, agriculture, construction and 15 types of jobs in the service sector.
Sectors deemed “prohibited” include mining, car workshops and car wash, fast food restaurants and food stalls.
Many illegal workers are said to be also working as fishermen and newspaper vendors.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the Cabinet committee on foreign workers and illegal immigrants would meet on Monday to decide on the matter.
The committee is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Associations and employers who had hired illegal immigrants in the prohibited sectors have asked for special permission that the illegals be included in the legalisation process.
“It will be discussed at the meeting and a policy decided,” he said here yesterday.
More protection for house buyersRAWANG: The Housing and Local Government Ministry will table a motion to amend the Housing Development Act at the Dewan Rakyat in December to tackle the issue of abandoned housing projects.
Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said yesterday this would include ensuring developers put a 3% deposit of the project's cost, Bernama reported.
“Developers now only need to deposit RM200,000 and have a piece of land before a licence is issued,” he said.
“With the new amendment, if the project runs into problems, the deposit will be used to cover the costs,” he said, adding that the amendments would also require developers to complete the houses before selling them.
The change, to take effect in 2015, would require buyers to pay 10% of the house, and the rest only when it is completed, he told reporters after handing over keys to 54 owners of abandoned houses which had been rehabilitated at Taman Prima Hijau here.
With the amendments, Chor said, housing developers could be prosecuted under the Penal Code for failing to complete a project.
Meanwhile, the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry will table the Postal Services Bill 2011 to replace the Postal Services Act 1999 at the next Parliament meeting, said Deputy Minister Datuk Joseph Salang.
The new Act would ensure quality postal services and promote the growth of an effective, competitive and innovative postal industry, he told reporters after opening the 15th Biennial Delegates Conference of the Union of Postal Clerical Workers Peninsular Malaysia.
“We want to boost the confidence of consumers on postal services and to ensure the safety of workers, goods and postal network in line with the changing times.”
Rare crab re-appears in MalaccaMALACCA: The re-appearance of a rare species of crab along the shores here has caused a stir among the people, especially Christians, due to a cross-like mark on its shell.
The crustacean, with the scientific name Charybdisferiatus, is a species of Malacostraca and is mainly found in Malaysian and Indonesian waters.
It was reportedly last seen in the Straits of Malacca in the 1960s.
A fisherman from Tengkera here hauled a dozen of these crabs on Sunday, sparking a frenzy among locals who rushed to buy the crabs.
The fisherman, who only wanted to be known as Man, 65, said the crabs were considered scarce.
He claimed that the crab was last caught in small numbers in the late 1960s.
“Only minimal quantities of the crabs were caught. Many locals don't buy them to eat, but to preserve the shell as it's considered sacred,” Man said.
State Rural Development and Agriculture Committee chairman Datuk R. Perumal said the state would ask the Fisheries Department to record and monitor the landings of the rare crab.
“We may conserve the crab by breeding it,” he added.
A marine biologist, who declined to be named, said the crabs became rare after rapid development along the state coastline led to the deterioration of the mangrove swamps where the crabs thrived.
Legend has it that Saint Francis Xavier was sailing to Malacca from an Indonesian island sometime in the 16th Century when he was caught in a storm in the Straits of Malacca.
He then dipped his crucifix into the sea and prayed to God to calm the raging storm.
However, the crucifix slipped from his grip and fell into the sea. He prayed that he could get it back.
When he reached the shores of Malacca safely, St Francis saw a crab crawling on the beach and clutching the same crucifix between its claws.
Surprised, St Francis knelt down and recovered his crucifix.
He blessed the crab and the sign of a cross then appeared on its back.