29,000 Bangladeshis repatriated from Malaysia under B4G programme
Some 29,000 Bangladeshi immigrants in Malaysia have been repatriated to the country under the Back for Good (B4G) programme.
Malaysian government introduce the B4G programme to give the illegal immigrants a chance to return to their countries of origin under general amnesty.
Bangladesh High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur M Shahidul Islam and Malaysia Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud had a meeting on Thursday to discuss the matters relating to bilateral interests, said a press release, issued by the Bangladesh HC in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Matters of ensuring proper and quick legal procedure for Bangladeshis who are detained in the immigration detention centers, easing the visa renewal process for students, professionals and workers, and providing more help for immigration process of BD nationals in Kuala Lumpur Airport have been discussed in the meeting, Bangladesh HC's first Secretary (Labour) Hedayetul Islam Mabdal said in the release.
During the meeting, Malaysia Immigration director-general informed that some 32,000 undocumented Bangladeshis have applied to take the opportunity to go back home under the general amnesty while 29,000 have already gone back.
Before introduction of the B4G programme, illegal immigrants had to face different punishments like jailing and giving fine.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner said a five-member team has been relentlessly working to help the illegal Bangladeshis to send back countries under the programme.