KOTA KINABALU: Some 653 illegal immigrants were deported back to their country by the Sabah Task Force in an operation in Sandakan on Friday.
National Security Council (Sabah) director Rodzi Mat Saat said those deported were illegal immigrants from the Philippine that comprises of 386 men, 130 women and 137 children aged from one month until 70.
They were deported from the Sandakan Jetty back to Zambonga, Philippine around 9pm. Rodzi said that that since January 1 until February 4 of this year, a total of 2,794 people, namely 2,466 Philipinas, 321 Indonesians and seven others have been deported back to their country of origins, while about 532,735 people have been extradited since 1990.
Meanwhile, Rodzi said some 6,182 illegal immigrants are still being detained at four temporarily detention centres in the state Kota Kinabalu (1,701 detainees), Papar (1,683 detainees), Sibuga (1,187 detainees) and Tawau (1,611 detainees).- By Albert Goh/Sayangsabah