113 North Koreans surrender to immigration

Mustafar-Ali-northkorea-imigresenPETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department today confirmed that 113 out of the 117 North Koreans who overstayed their work permits had “surrendered” themselves.

The department’s director-general, Mustafar Ali, in a statement today, said the other four North Koreans had yet to do so but their employers had promised to hand them over by today.

They will be leaving the country in stages with their employers’ assistance, he added.

This came following the department’s notice on April 11, giving the 117 North Koreans still in Sarawak a week to surrender themselves.

Besides that, another 183 North Koreans, who entered using their social visit passes but overstayed to work locally, have also surrendered.

“At the time, their entry into Malaysia did not require an entrance visa, and the company (that hired them) never came to the Sarawak Immigration Department to submit an application for a work permit.

“The employers also confirmed there are no more North Koreans, using the social visit pass, who have overstayed.”