KUALA LUMPUR — The Malaysian Immigration Department director general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud has clarified that the foreign workers under the Recalibration Program (Repatriation) were not stranded at KL International Airport, but only waiting to settle their compound notices.
He was responding to news reports that the groups of foreigners were stranded or asked to gather there in KLIA.
Khairul Dzaimee clarified that the foreigners at KLIA are waiting for their turn to pay the RM500 compound notices and receive their Check Out Memo before being allowed to leave Malaysia.
“Up until July 20, as many as 101,691 foreigners have registered in the recalibration programme. Of that number, 83,117 have already left Malaysia.
“For the special counter at KLIA, starting July 5 to 20, 3,483 foreigners left the country via this service.
“The foreigners who came to KLIA are overwhelmed and exceeded the waiting capacity at the place arranged at Level 3, and added that the department noticed several people had missed their flights for coming late and remained at the airport until the next available flight.
“The Immigration department has taken fast measures to speed up and smooth the process to arrange the foreigners to return home via the Special Counter in KLIA.’ he said in a statement.
Additionally, other steps taken by the department are to negotiate with KLIA management to increase counter and waiting location as well as expanding the recalibration program counter to KLIA 2.
Additional 20 counters and waiting hall will be opened at the KLIA’s Short Term Car Park to accommodate an estimate of 850 to 1000 people at a time. Beside that eight additional counters will be opened at Level 2 of KLIA2 with a capacity of 500 at a time. Both the counters and waiting place will start to operate next week.
“Even the Immigration department is taking additional steps to open special counters at the Johor sea entry point to ease the facility for Indonesian foreigners to be repatriated via ferry.
“The department would also like to stress that only illegal foreigners with negative RT PCR Covid-19 tests are allowed at the counters.” he added.
Reporting — DG and Ram P