FLAWS IN DE­POR­TA­TION PRO­CE­DURES

AG says myIMMs sys­tem failed to black­list de­ported im­mi­grants

New Straits Times - - News - NOR AIN MO­HAMED RADHI KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

IM­MI­GRANTS who had been de­ported from Malaysia were not black­listed by the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment, thus open­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of them re­turn­ing to the coun­try.

These were among the find­ings of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s Re­port 2016 Se­ries 1 on the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment, which de­scribed the depart­ment’s man­age­ment of the de­por­ta­tion of im­mi­grants as “less than sat­is­fac­tory”.

The re­port said the depart­ment’s Malaysian Im­mi­gra­tion Sys­tem (myIMMs) failed to black­list de­ported im­mi­grants. The num­ber of those de­ported reg­is­tered in the sys­tem also dif­fered from those recorded by the depart­ment’s en­force­ment divi­sion.

“The num­ber of re­moved im­mi­grants be­tween myIMMs and the depart­ment’s en­force­ment divi­sion head­quar­ters dif­fered by 155,813. They were also not black­listed and up­dated on the sus­pects’ list in the sys­tem,” stated the re­port.

There were also flaws in the con­tracts for the ferry ser­vice used by the depart­ment to de­port the im­mi­grants.

“Ferry ser­vice con­tracts were re­newed four times with the same com­pany from 2007 to 2017. Yet, there was no travel in­surance cov­er­age for the im­mi­grants un­til 2015.”

The depart­ment’s man­age­ment of de­pots was de­scribed as “sat­is­fac­tory”. How­ever, the re­port took note of sev­eral weak­nesses that should be ad­dressed by the Home Min­istry and the depart­ment.

“The au­dit car­ried out be­tween Novem­ber last year and Jan­uary this year found that con­trolled doc­u­ments in the de­por­ta­tion tran­sit cen­tre were poorly man­aged as they were han­dled by con­trac­tors.

“The ap­pointed cater­ers also failed to pro­vide meals ac­cord­ing to spec­i­fied menus in the con­tract. There was also no quar­an­tine room in the de­ten­tion de­pot, while oth­ers were poorly man­aged.”

From 2014 to last year, the num­ber of de­tainees to­talled 265,550 im­mi­grants of var­i­ous cit­i­zen­ship. In that pe­riod, 179,364 im­mi­grants were de­ported to their home coun­tries. The ma­jor­ity of those de­ported were In­done­sians at 75,580, fol­lowed by Bangladeshis (27,283) and Myan­mar na­tion­als (17,627).

The to­tal ex­pen­di­ture for de­ten­tion and re­moval of im­mi­grants was RM95.24 mil­lion from 2014 to last year.

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