Foreign workers in Malaysia, numbering nearly two million, come from 12 countries.
The ministry of Home Affairs had started issuing the new identity card for foreign workers, called the I-Kad, which they would have to carry with them at all times. With the I-Kad, they need not carry their passports with them anymore.
The I-Kad contained 17 security features. The colours of the I-Kad would differ for each sector the workers are employed in. In addition, all new workers entering the country would be issued the I-Kad.
On 26 May 2008, immigration officers from Johor Bahru were invited to provide the I-Kad application service at MKMA office at Batu Pahat. We received overwhelming response from 74 companies to apply I-Kad for 587 foreign workers.