SEREMBAN June 6, 2011: A large-scale legalisation and amnesty exercise is expected to be held next month to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in Malaysia, estimated at about two million.
The programme, which will take three weeks, will be codenamed “6P”pendaftaran (registration), pemutihan (legalisation), pengampunan(amnesty), pemantauan (supervision), penguatkuasaan (enforcement) and pengusiran (deportation).
This is the most comprehensive programme ever introduced by the Home Ministry to cut down the number of illegal immigrants.
Previously, such moves were limited to repatriation exercises. Amnesty programmes have been held several times, the most recent being last year.
A senior official from the ministry said the immigrants would have three weeks to take up the offer or face the law if they are arrested without valid travel documents or work permits.