KOTA KINABALU: The Immigration Department of Malaysia, State of Sabah repatriated a total of 59 Indonesians through the 5th Series Illegal Immigrant Detention Program (PATI) for the category of deportation by sea for the year 2024, today.

This program involves the transfer of Indonesian citizens consisting of 53 men and six women between the ages of 21 and 59.

All detainees from the Tawau Immigration Depot only with the cooperation of the Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Tawau and the process of transferring detainees with escorted entry up to the FRANCIS EXPRESS Ferry from Tawau Port to Nunukan Port.

Meanwhile, Sabah State Immigration Director Datuk Sh Sitti Saleha Habib Yussof said that all illegal aliens detained at the Immigration Depot have committed various offenses under the Immigration Act 1959/63 and the Immigration Regulations 1963.

The punishment imposed is based on the Immigration Act and the country’s legal process up to the action of moving out of the country.

“Therefore, all foreigners are reminded to ensure that they have valid travel documents and an authorized work permit (to work in the State of Sabah, Malaysia) first before entering the country,” he said in a statement today.

Sh Sitti Saleha also insisted that all enforcement agencies in the State of Sabah will always take strict action against those who do not comply with the rules and laws of the country.

“This transfer operation is part of an ongoing operation carried out by the Malaysian Immigration Department in the State of Sabah for foreign national detainees placed in all Immigration Depots throughout the State of Sabah.

“JIM Negeri Sabah will continue to commit to carry out enforcement operations and the transfer of PATI after they have gone through all the enforcement actions and national legal processes and have received confirmation from the embassies of their respective countries of origin,” he stressed.

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