Migration: One way or another.. Malaysian who are migrants in UK also working for their better life.. But UK do not have REELA to abuse migrants like Malaysian government do..
Not sure how many Malaysian migrants will take the offer and go back home..
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysians staying illegally in Britain have been offered amnesty and a one-way ticket home by the government there.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said those who took up the offer would not face the country's immigration laws but would be barred from returning for five years.
This initiative, he said, was made following discussions between the British government and the International Organisation for Migration.
However, the one-off offer will not last long.
It is understood that the deadline for the offer has been linked with the deadline given to the Malaysian government to ensure that its citizens observe British immigration laws.
Britain had initially wanted to impose strict regulations requiring Malaysians to obtain visas to enter the country as many abused immigration laws by overstaying.
However, this was reconsidered in July.
"The British government is serious about addressing the issue of illegal immigrants, including the scores from Malaysia.
"Malaysians also risk having to apply for visas in the future if we do not improve on our record there," Syed Hamid said at the National Registration Department's Hari Raya gathering.
Also present were the ministry's secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
Records show that from January to August, some 250,000 Malaysians travelled to Britain.
Currently, Malaysians travelling to Britain without visas are allowed to stay for up to six months.
On another matter Syed Hamid said the government would start re-issuing the green MyKad to 38,672 people.
These people are those whose parentage "could not be determined". They will have to renew their MyKad every five years.
The government stopped issuing the identification documents in 2004.