PUTRAJAYA – The Immigration Department of Malaysia will work with the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) to train its elite team, the Special Tactical Team (PASTAK), to strengthen the team’s ability.
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said he had met ATM chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor to discuss further courses for PASTAK personnel such as rugged physical exercises and commando training.
He said the move was to ensure the preparedness of the team members to cope with the increasingly challenging tasks.
“There are cases of boats trafficking people who were ordered to jump into the sea and swim to the beach.
“So this team also needs to have the ability to swim quickly, go through mangroves swamps and forest and who act like commandos,” he told reporters after the department’s monthly gathering, here today.
Mustafar said at present PASTAK has 40 members who have just completed a 31-day training at the Northern Brigade Headquarters, General Operations Force Training Centre (PGA) in Ulu Kinta, Perak, on Feb 13.
For the time being, he said 20 members of the team were stationed at the department’s headquarters in Putrajaya, while 20 were sent to states with high security risks.
He said the department was eager to increase the number of team members and expand it to female members.
“Now we have more than 400 cadet officers undergoing a basic course in Port Dickson and at the same time we also provide additional training to increase the number of PASTAK officers,” he said.
Earlier in his speech at the event, Mustafar said the Online Maid System (SMO) for foreign maid applications that started operations on Jan 1 had recorded a total of 425,972 visitors until yesterday.
He said 6,503 employers had registered with the system with 1,345 applications having being completed.
According to him, 200 applications were approved with 106 of them having obtained the Temporary Employment Visit Pass (PLKS) stickers, 55 had passed and made payments while 39 others had yet to pay.
Meanwhile, Foreign Workers’ Division director, Datuk Khairul Khar Yahya in his welcoming remarks said the total foreign workers levy collected by the Immigration Department last year amounted to RM3.1 billion.
As of yesterday, he said, there were 1.8 million registered foreign workers in the country. – BERNAMA