The government announced Migrant Repatriation Program starting March 1

Putrajaya: The Cabinet agreed to implement the Migrant Repatriation Program (Out Pass) to give illegal immigrants the opportunity to return to their country of origin without prosecution.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution said, foreigner who apply for outpass will only be charged a compound.

“It involves an offense according to Section 6(1)(c) of Act 155 which is entering Malaysia without a valid passport with a compound rate of RM500.

“For Section 15(1)(c) of Act 155, which is the offense of staying in Malaysia after the expiry of the passport issued, a compound of RM500 is also imposed.

“For Regulation 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963, which is the offense of violating the conditions of the passport, a fine of RM300 is imposed,” he said at a special press conference at the Setia Perkasa Complex, here, today.

He said the government also agreed to extend the freeze on new foreign worker employment quota applications for the formal sector.

“This is because the number of approved quotas and the Workforce Recalibration Program 2.0 implemented are able to meet the needs of foreign workers.

“The quota application freeze starts on 18 March 2023 and will continue until a date to be announced later,” he said.

He said, the One Stop Center (OSC) for the management of foreign workers will also be re-established and placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN).

“It is to enable the quota application process to the entry of foreign workers to be improved by reducing the time period of the work process from 29 months and 13 days to 15 months and seven days with a significant reduction of up to 46 percent.

“This new work process will start when the new quota application opens again later,” he said.

In addition, he said, the government will also hold a review of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the three main source countries for foreign workers.

“Those three countries include Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal which account for 77 percent of the source of foreign workers in this country.

“The revision is to look at the terms that need to be improved in terms of several aspects including the cost of migrants, guaranteeing the welfare, interests of employers and speeding up the process,” he said.

He said that all the decisions were agreed by the Cabinet as a result of the Joint Committee Meeting between the Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister of Human Resources on the management of foreign workers held on 16 January.

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