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Malaysia softens stance on illegal immigration

[JURIST] Malaysian officials extended Malaysia's amnesty for illegal immigrants [JURIST report] indefinitely Wednesday based on a request from Indonesia, according to Home Minister Azmi Khalid. Indonesia, whose citizens make up a majority of illegal immigrants in Malaysia, asked that the amnesty be extended in light of the recent tsunami disaster [JURIST Hot Topic]. AFP has more However, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Wednesday that the amnesty deadline had not been extended, but said that the government will take a short-term "soft" approach to persuade illegal immigrants to leave on their own. Bernama, Malaysia's national news agency has more.

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