Crowd of migrants flock to Stulang ferry terminal on final day of recalibration programme


JOHOR BARU: A crowd has gathered at the Stulang Laut International Ferry Terminal here as Indonesians rush to meet the dateline of the immigration recalibration programme for the repatriation of undocumented migrants, which ends on Thursday (June 30).

A check at the ferry terminal saw many Indonesians waiting to take the ferry home.

Police personnel were also seen monitoring the crowd.

Consulate-General of Indonesia in Johor Baru consul for social culture affairs Mohamad Rizali Noor said that they would monitor the situation and help those who were stranded.

"We have deployed our staff to monitor the situation and help those who are in need of assistance.

"Our staff have been stationed at the Stulang Laut ferry terminal for the past three days as we anticipated a large crowd going back to Indonesia on the last few days of the programme.

"We are also liaising with Malaysian's Immigration Department to ensure the smooth sailing of the initiative," he said when contacted.

He also urged those who are sick and are in urgent need to return to Indonesia to reach out to their staff at the ferry terminal for assistance.

"They can reach out to our staff if they are in need of help, especially for those who are sick," he said.

The recalibration programme for the repatriation of undocumented migrants started in November 2020 and was initially set to end on June 30, 2021.

However, the deadline was later extended until Dec 30, 2021, and again to June 30 this year.

The programme allows undocumented migrants to voluntarily return home if they meet certain conditions set by the authorities.

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