SEPANG: The Immigration Department has launched a nationwide operation to round up illegal immigrants following the conclusion of the 3+1 Programme on Aug 30.
Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the operation was part of efforts to rid the country of illegal immigrants.
He said the operation kicked off on Aug 31, adding that all state Immigration Department directors have been given orders to comply with the directive.
“Therefore, the operation will not end today, tomorrow or the day after. It will be conducted continuously because the people want the country to be rid of illegal immigrants.
“We are working 24 hours a day and this will be a non-stop operation. This is the Immigration Department’s resolve,” Mustafar told reporters during an operation at rubber glove factory in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi here today (Sept 1).
The 3+1 Programme is a voluntary surrender programme to enable all illegal immigrants in the country who are not eligible under the Rehiring Programme to return to their countries of origin, voluntarily.
The Rehiring Programme ended on June 30.
Mustafar said the Immigration Department received numerous complaints from members of the public who were sick and tired of the existence of illegal immigrants.
“Illegal immigrants who are still roaming and hanging around in this country will be dealt with severely. We want to make this country free of illegal immigrants,” he added.
On a related matter, Mustafar said between Jan 1 and Aug 30, the Immigration Department conducted a total of 9,527 operations and inspected 116,927 foreigners.
He said of the total, 29,177 foreigners were arrested, adding that action was taken against 880 errant employers.
On today’s operation, Mustafar said some 1,800 factory workers were inspected by Immigration Department officers. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd