KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has welcomed the Home Ministry's Back For Good Programme to deport illegals, with the state Bersatu chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor hoping the programme will be extended to Sabah.
In a statement issued on Saturday (July 20), the Sulaman assemblyman said the state had a long-standing problem with illegals.
“The execution of the programme in Sabah is eagerly awaited by the people of this state, who have concerns over the huge number of illegals.
“It is also a worry since these groups have been linked to many criminal cases including murder and armed robberies.
“So we hoped this initiative is extended here as these foreigners are allowed to return to their home nations voluntarily according to the rules set,” he said following the announcement by Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the implementation of the programme.
Muhyiddin said the programme would take place from August 1 to December 31, and would be handled fully by the Immigration Department with 200-strong team of Home Ministry staff and 80 counters across Peninsular Malaysia.
No vendor or agents would be involved in the execution of the programme.