Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali (Source: thesundaily.my)
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia has given one week to a group of 117 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) workers in Sarawak state whose work permits have expired to turn themselves in to the Malaysia Immigration Department.

According to local news agency Bernama, Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali called for employers of the workers to surrender them within a week.

The department knows their whereabouts and will definitely go after them as their work permits have expired and thus they are considered illegal workers, he stated.

Mustafar added that the department expects the workers to turn themselves in and return their homeland voluntarily 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 300 ringgit (about 68 USD) plus 100 ringgit (about 23 USD) for a one-way pass to return home.

Currently, another 35 DPRK workers are working in Sarawak, but their work permits will only expire next month.

 

Mustafar said that earlier in March, the department had deported a group of 55 workers from the DPRK.-VNA