PETALING JAYA: The exercise to register asylum-seekers and refugees in the country is a timely move, A. Kohilan Pillay said.
The Deputy Foreign Minister said it was crucial for the Government to know their exact number.
“We need to know how many of them are here and which countries they have come from,” said Kohilan of the joint exercise between Malaysia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The exercise, scheduled to commence in January, will see the UNHCR working with the Home Ministry, Foreign Ministry, National Security Council and Immigration Department.
UNHCR representative Alan Vernon said the agreement was formulated after a series of meetings with the Government.