Connect with us


Crackdown after “neighbor labor’ amnesty ends



PHUKET: Deputy Prime Minister Wan Muhamad Nor Matha yesterday warned employers of illegal foreign laborers from Burma, Laos or Cambodia that they have until Saturday to register their illegal foreign employees, or face a fine of up to 100,000 baht or up to 10 years in jail, or both.

The warning came at a meeting at the Pearl Village Hotel at Nai Yang, chaired by Deputy PM Wan Nor and attended by Labor Minister Uraiwan Thienthong and other top officials, including the Governors of 10 southern provinces.

A Ministry of Labor press release explained that Phuket had been chosen as the venue for the high-powered meeting because of its reputation for having a large number of “neighbor laborers”.

There are currently 15,761 registered Burmese, Laotian and Cambodian workers in Phuket, but the Labor Office estimates that there are 70,000 illegal “neighbor labor” workers on the island.

Special centers with Labor Office and Immigration officers have been set up at each of Phuket’s three District Offices and at Phuket City Hall to process the registration of foreign laborers.

These centers, Deputy PM Wan Nor said, must stay open until 4:30 pm on Saturday to process registrations. “They must be open for foreign laborers to be registered even though it is a government office day off,” he said.

Employers who are unable to bring their neighbor laborers along before the deadline, he explained, may register their foreign workers’ names in their absence. The laborers can then register in person later. No deadline was specified for this.

Deputy PM Wan Nor also warned that, after Saturday, task force teams comprising police and immigration officers, as well as officials from the Labor Office, the Department of Employment and the Governor’s Office, will launch raids on employers to check if they are using any illegal “neighbor” labor.

In a move aimed at inspiring an effective campaign to round up illegals, teh Deputy PM also announced that he will propose to Cabinet a reward scheme funded by the fines levied on employers found guilty of hiring illegal laborers.

He explained that 80% of the reward would go to the informer, who could be a state official, with the remainder shared between the police and any government agencies involved in the arrest.

“This is the first time the government has considered paying rewards to state agencies for following policy,” said the Deputy PM. “I hope that this will not be a problem because I and [Labor Minister] K. Uraiwan agree with this concept,” he said.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Weather13 mins ago

Tropical storm ‘Mulan’ pours down on north and northeast Thailand

Patong1 hour ago

Fire breaks out at Patong bar

Politics3 hours ago

Exiled Sri Lanka President warned to stay in his hotel in Bangkok

Sponsored2 days ago

BKFC THAILAND 3: Moment of truth set for September 3

World3 hours ago

UPDATE: Salman Rushdie on ventilator, details on stabber emerge

Thailand4 hours ago

Campaign to get international training for Thai teen declared record sprinter

Crime5 hours ago

Royal birthdays bring over 100,000 royal prison pardons

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Video5 hours ago

The Voice Behind the World’s Top Brands ft. Krit Tone Sukawat | Thaiger Podcast Ep.2

Press Room6 hours ago

Thailand as your next destination for Motorcycle Adventure post-COVID

Crime6 hours ago

Singaporean and Thai swindler couple arrested in Malaysia

Crime16 hours ago

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed at New York lecture

Transport21 hours ago

Daily trains begin between Malaysian border and Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

Virologist predicts most of Thailand will have had Covid by 2023

Transport23 hours ago

Bangkok gets 20 new electric buses next week

Crime24 hours ago

Armed robber escapes with gold worth 800,000 baht in Thailand

This is Thailand1 day ago

Similarity of Mothers Around the World | Thai Mother’s Day 2022

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11