KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department is ready for the implementation of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore and Malaysia, which is scheduled to begin on Nov 29.

Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic) said the department had made thorough preparations to ensure the programme ran smoothly.

“This includes adequate preparation in terms of manpower as well as systems that have been reactivated following a hiatus of about two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said at a press conference on enforcement operations in Balakong here Monday (Nov 22).

On Nov 18, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, said that the VTL via the Causeway and the Second Link would be activated simultaneously with the one between Changi Airport and KL International Airport.

Meanwhile, Khairul Dzaimee said the “Recalibration Plan for Illegal Immigrants” programme, which ends on Dec 31, would not be extended.

“For employers who register their employees in the portal (by the end of December), even though the permit has not been issued (and) is still being processed (after that), enforcement action will not be imposed on them,” he said, urging employers to make full use of the facility.

Khairul Dzaimee said 129 illegal immigrants were detained at a factory producing metal tools in Balakong, Seri Kembangan, here, at 8pm Monday (Nov 22), on suspicion of not having valid documents and misusing documents issued by Immigration.

He said they comprised 110 men and 19 women from Indonesia, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh aged from 20 to 49 years old. – Bernama



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