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Published: Thursday December 1, 2011 MYT 3:51:00 PM
Updated: Thursday December 1, 2011 MYT 4:07:03 PM

Over 2.3 million illegal immigrants register within 45 days

PUTRAJAYA: More than 2.3 million foreign workers and illegal immigrants registered voluntarily within 45 days under the 6P programme, Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said Thursday.

He said the registration exercise was carried out over 24 hours but, even then, the situation was challenging as it was done during the fasting month.

The 6P programme comprises the six components of registration, legalisation, amnesty, monitoring, enforcement and deportation.

In his address to mark the department's 13th anniversary, he noted its accomplishments throughout the year.

"Among them, the recognition of the airport immigration office at Kuala Lumpur International Airport as the best in the world. The accreditation was made by Skytrax which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark," he said.

"Two hundred international airports were surveyed, involving 18.8 million respondents," he said.

Another accomplishment was the introduction on June 1 of the National Foreigners Enforcement and Registration System (NERS) that is linked to the biometric system and enforced in stages at 64 entry points in the country.

"With the biometric system, the management and monitoring of foreign nationals can be carried out more efficiently, such as to detect false documents and illegal immigrants," he said.

He also said that NERS was the best national security approach against cross-border crime which is the main threat in the era of globalisation. - Bernama

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