Friday, 29 May 2009

315,752 illegals immigrants deported from Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, May 29 (Bernama) -- A total of 389,129 illegal immigrants had been arrested in Sabah between 1990 and 2008, the State Secretary Datuk Sukarti Wakiman said.

Of the total, he said 315,752 were deported to their countries of origin.

He said the success showed that the state government had never given room nor space for the immigrants to enter this country illegally.

"Instead, the state government had launched a continuous operation against the illegal immigrants with the cooperation from all quarters.

"Integrated efforts from all the enforcement agencies have proven effective and successful," he said in a statement here Friday.

Sukarti said last year alone, a total of 24,269 illegal immigrants, mostly Philippine nationals, were arrested and detained at the temporary detention centre statewide.

He said, however, 19,151 of them had been deported to their countries of origin while the others were sentenced to imprisonment upon conviction under the Immigration Act.

Sukarti, who is also the integrated operation chief for 2009, said that between January and May this year, 13 operations had been launched which saw 14,286 immigrants screened and 6,045 detained.

The integrated operation would continue until December 31, he added.

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