SANDAKAN,: A total of 25,508 illegal immigrants in Sabah were deported to their country of origin between January and November this year, according to the Sabah National Security Council.
Its secretary, Mohd Rodzi Md Saad, said 20,015 of them were Filipinos, 5,286 Indonesians and 207 nationals of other countries, and that almost RM14.5 million was spent on their deportation process.
He said the deportation so far this year involved the highest number of illegal immigrants compared to 18,288 (in 2014), 13,222 (in 2013) and 12,551 (in 2012).
“This shows the government’s seriousness in curbing the illegal immigrant problem,” he told a press conference at the Sibuga temporary detention centre here today.
Mohd Rodzi said the recent two-day integrated operation in Sandakan resulted in the arrest of 284 foreigners comprising 244 Filipinos and 40 Indonesians aged one to 50.
He said 5,894 were still being held at temporary detention centres in the state, with the highest number of 2,109 in Papar, 1,805 in Kota Kinabalu, 1,146 in Tawau and 834 in Sandakan.- BERNAMA