Malaysia to crack down on illegal immigrants next week
16 January 2014: The government of Malaysia has announced that it will conduct a major crackdown on undocumented immigrants from 21 January this year.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the operation would target undocumented migrant workers and foreigners living in the country illegally.
He was quoted as saying: “The time has come for us to stop compromising on the matter. Illegal immigrants, including foreign workers, will be arrested and repatriated.”
He also said that it would be carried out by the Immigration Department, Royal Malaysian Police and People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA).
Reports said that illegal immigrants are from Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
According to the UNHCR statistics in Malaysia early last year, there are 101,290 refugees and asylum-seekers registered, of which 92,760 are from Burma, including some 32,260 Chins.
The UNHCR believes that some 49,000 asylum-seekers remain unregistered in Malaysia.#