KUCHING, April 11 2017 : The group of 117 North Korean workers in the state whose work permits have expired are given one week from today to turn themselves in to the Immigration Department.
Their employers too have been given the same one week’s notice to surrender them, Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali told the media, here, today.
He had earlier accompanied Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mesir Kujat to present excellent service awards to 114 officers of the department and appreciation letters to five others who have retired or are retiring soon.
“We know their whereabouts from the information received.
“We will definitely go after them as their work permits have expired and thus they are considered illegal workers.
“But first, we would like to give them or their employers a week’s notice to voluntarily turn them in under the department’s Amnesty Exercise ‘3+1′ Programme.
“This is a voluntary deportation programme where the illegals will each be compounded at a flat rate of RM300 plus RM100 (for a one-way pass to return home).
“If both parties insist on avoiding us, then heavier penalties await them if they are caught later,” he said.
Mustafar said the department had recently deported a group of 55 North Koreans.
“We have another 35 but their work permits will only expire next month.
“As we still have normal diplomatic ties with North Korea, we have no reason to deport them.”
He said most of these workers worked in the coal mining or construction industry.
On those at the Selantik coal mine in Sri Aman Division, near here, he said they had all left the company.
On another issue, Mustafa warned those wanting to offer gratifications to Immigration officers as inducement not to take action for offences under the country’s Immigration laws, to think twice.
“We may have some black sheep in the department and they have been dealt with.
“But I would like to remind those concerned that we will go all out to nab them as their action will affect the country’s security and the integrity and reputation of the government,” he said. – Bernama