KUALA LUMPUR: Two more temporary detention centres will be built, in Tawau and Lahad Datu in Sabah, at a cost of RM50 million to accommodate the rising number of illegal immigrants in the state, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said the decision was made at the meeting of the Master Committee on Migrant Management in Sabah today after fine-tuning a proposal by the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the issue of illegal immigrants in the state.
“The existing four temporary detention centres in Sabah can hold about 6,000 illegal immigrants. We will build two more, one in Tawau and the other in Lahad Datu,” he told a press conference at the Bukit Aman Police headquarters here.
Ahmad Zahid spoke after chairing a meeting of the committee. The press conference was also attended by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and several senior ministry and Sabah government officials.
The minister also said that among the RCI proposals taken into account was the enforcement of the biometric system or finger print identification of
individuals at the 10 entry-exit points in Sabah.-BERNAMA