480,995 illegal immigrants legalised under 6P
PUTRAJAYA, May 15 — The Home Ministry has legalised 480,995 illegal foreign workers (PATI) to work with 91,064 employers under the Comprehensive Legalisation Programme for Illegal Immigrants or the 6P programme.
The ministry’s secretary-general, Tan Sri Mahmood Adam, said the employers were from various sectors, including manufacturing, service, construction, plantation and agriculture.
He said a total of 4,156 operations, involving 24,520 enforcement personnel, were conducted nationwide during the 6P programme, during which 13,492 PATI were arrested and action taken against 337 employers.
“A total of 63 employers and 1,793 PATI have been brought to court, 108 employers and 812 PATI were compounded, 1,809 PATI have been deported, while another 52 employers and 4,479 PATI were still under investigation,” he added.
He said the remaining 114 employers and 4,108 PATI were freed.
A total of 146,979 PATI were given amnesty and chose to return to their respective countries of origin.
They comprised 89,026 people from Indonesia, followed by India (11,080), Nepal (11,153), Myanmar (8,955), Cambodia (5,893), Bangladesh (5,452), Vietnam (4,020), Pakistan (2,927), the Philippines (2,566) Sri Lanka (1,879), China (1,936), Thailand (615), Nigeria (272), Iran (159), Somalia(66), Sudan (62) and other countries (902). — Bernama