PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Voluntary Deportation Programme for illegal immigrants that was introduced in July, saw 59,590 illegal immigrants taking up the offer to return to their respective countries said Immigration Department Director-general Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim.
More illegal immigrants are expected to surrender before the programme ends on Dec 31.
“After the programme ends, we will not tolerate anymore and stern action will be taken against illegal and employers who protect them,” he said after meeting Peninsular Malaysia Immigration Services Union here today.
Through the programme, also known as 3+1, illegal immigrants who surrendered voluntarily would be charged a compound fee of RM300 and special pass of RM100.
Mustafa said the immigration intelligence unit had identified the illegal’ hideouts and raids would be conducted any time, including in Cameron Highlands.
He said the detention camps around the country were still able to accommodate the illegal immigrants before deportation.
In the meantime, he said, statistics from Jan to Nov 19 revealed, a total of 27,082 illegal immigrants and 462 employers were arrested for various offences through 4,922 operations nationwide.
“The figure shows the number who surrendered are more and this would mean a monthly national saving of RM2 million on cost of managing detention camps around the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mustafa said the Immigration Department plans to set up a branch office in Cameron Highlands to facilitate the management of foreign workers in the area.
“The matter will be forwarded to the higher authorities soon for approval,” he said.