PETALING JAYA: Expatriates wishing to leave Malaysia can only do so in cases of emergencies or for medical reasons, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
"The Special Ministerial Meeting had agreed, on Friday (June 26), to allow expatriates who are in Malaysia to leave the country in emergencies cases and for medical reasons only," the Senior Minister said in a statement Saturday (June 27).
He added that the Government will not hinder any foreigner wishing to return to their country of origin if it was a one-way trip home.
"For foreigners that do not have any travel documents, they must first obtain the travel documents from their respective embassies," he said.
He added that there was also no prohibition against foreigners working as crew onboard Malaysian fishing vessels aimed at ensuring sufficient fish supply for the nation.
"However, these foreigners must apply for temporary working visit permits from the Immigration Department and undergo Covid-19 screening, including the 14-day mandatory quarantine," he said, adding that employers must also provide them living quarters.
On a separate matter, he said that police had carried out 68 roadblocks and inspected 46,023 vehicles during the nationwide Ops Benteng to prevent illegals from entering the country via rat lanes ("lorong tikus").
From these efforts, he said seven illegal immigrants were detained for flouting immigration laws.