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Another 699 illegals sent home

14th February, 2018


SANDAKAN: Another 699 Filipino illegal immigrants were sent back to their country of origin by the Sabah National Security Council (MKN) yesterday evening.

MKN State Director Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the group comprising 569 men, 105 women, 15 boys and 10 girls, aged seven months to 65 years old, were escorted to the Sandakan seaport where they were deported to the Philippines via a passenger ferry.

The illegal immigrants were rounded up during integrated operations conducted in various parts of the State by MKN, ESSCOM, Immigration Department, police and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

The latest figure brings the total number of illegal immigrants deported or voluntarily repatriated since 1990 until today to 566,890, Rodzi added.

According to Rodzi, the number of deportees recorded between 2017 and 13 February 2018 was 14,318 persons. Rodzi reminded that addressing the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah also requires the cooperation and support from the people. The public can channel information on the presence of illegal immigrants while employers should refrain from hiring them as their workers.

β€œIt is a serious offence under Section 55B of the Immigration Act 1959/1963 (amendment 2002) for any quarters to harbour or hire illegal immigrants. They are liable to be fined between RM 5,000 to RM 30,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months or both for each illegal immigrant caught, upon conviction,” Rodzi said.

Rodzi said second time offenders can be slapped with a fine of not less than RM10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both if convicted (of the offence).

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