Sabah yet to decide on federal recalibration plan for illegal migrants

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Apr 2021

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Immigration Department is still waiting for the state government to decide if it will adopt the Federal Government's recalibration programmes for illegal immigrants.

Under this programme, illegal immigrants are allowed to return home under the Return Recalibration Programme and foreign workers in certain sectors can be legalised under the Labour Recalibration Programme.

State Immigration director Datuk Muhamad Sade Mohamad Amin said that they had briefed the state government about this on Feb 18.

However, he said the state government had yet to inform the department of their decision.

The programme, which has been in effect in Peninsular Malaysia since Nov 15 last year, is scheduled to end on June 30 this year.

"All decisions on foreign workers will need the state government's approval," Sade said during a dialogue session with people in Ranau about 100km from here.

However, Sade said that Sabah Immigration was continuing to take action against illegal immigrants through integrated operations in the state.

He said they had been working with 13 enforcement agencies, including local district offices as well as utility companies, in integrated operations against illegal immigrants.

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