MCO: Immigration suspends operations against illegal immigrants

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Immigration Department suspends all operations against illegal immigrants during the movement control order (MCO) except for important cases and on the directive of the National Security Council (NSC).

Director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said, however, immigration officers were still present at hotspots for foreigners.

"Our officers are also involved in helping the Health Ministry collect data, particularly in the enhanced MCO areas such as Selangor Mansion, Malayan Mansion and Masjid India here and the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market in Selayang, ” he said in an interview with Bernama here Wednesday (April 22).

Khairul Dzaimee said they also check the documentation of foreigners for record-keeping purposes as well as post-MCO operations.

He added that the department is expected to receive a large influx of people, including foreigners, at all its offices nationwide once the MCO is lifted.

"To overcome this issue, my office will issue statements from time to time, via mass media and social media, on the reopening of our offices and steps to be taken by members of the public before going to immigration offices.

"We have developed safety and health protocols as guidelines for the public and our officers, ” he said, adding that it includes wearing face masks and sanitising hands when seeking counter services. - Bernama

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