LABUAN: A total of 740 foreign nationals were rounded up during two integrated operations conducted from Jan 1 until Feb 15.
The operations, which focused on the Kiansam refugee settlement, squatter colonies and construction sites, were led by the National Security Council (MKN).
Sabah and Labuan MKN director, Rodzi Mad Saad said the operations were a follow-up to the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI), which among others, recommended continuing effective operations on illegal immigrants.
He said the first operation in January saw 650 people, with 611 of them Filipinos, 38 Indonesians and one other national, nabbed.
Rodzi said the remaining 90 people were arrested during a one-day operation on Sunday.
“All of them were among 1,726 people screened during the operations at a number of locations including in the town area,” he said.
Rodzi said all the detainees were sent to the Papar detention centre for investigation under the Immigration Act and for arrangements with the Philippine embassy for their deportation.
“We consider the operations a success, which involved personnel from Labuan Corporation, Immigration Department, National Registration Department, Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps), police and Marine Department,” he said.
Rodzi said the operations to track down illegal immigrants in Sabah and Labuan would be intensified and continue to be led by MKN to stem the influx of illegal immigrants. – BERNAMA