The government offers amnesty for PATI to return to their country

PUTRAJAYA: The government will implement the Migrant Repatriation Program starting March 1 to give illegal immigrants (PATI) the opportunity to return to their country of origin without being prosecuted.

Home Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, said the matter was decided through the Cabinet Meeting held today.

He said that through the program, PATIs will be sent home after paying a compound of between RM300 and RM500 depending on the type of immigration offense they committed.

Offenses that are subject to a compound are entering Malaysia without a passport (RM500), staying in Malaysia beyond the duration of the pass (RM500) and violating the conditions of the pass (RM300)

“They (PATI) will be allowed to return after they pay the compound and they will be exempted from the prosecution process.

“This program is a repatriation amnesty which we will publicize so that it can be used by those involved to facilitate repatriation,” he said in a press conference at the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) here today.

The government previously introduced the Workforce Recalibration Program which gave employers the opportunity to apply for illegal foreign workers to fill manpower needs, but the program ended on December 31 last year.

However, currently there are still many foreigners living in the country without valid documents and do not meet the workforce requirements.

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