800 illegal immigrants deported from Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 800 illegal immigrants (PATI) were sent back to their country of origin through Sandakan Port, today.

The illegal immigrants detained at the Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan Immigration Depots were transferred using the MV Antonia 1 sea transport to the Port of Zamboanga City, Philippines.

Sabah Immigration Department Director, Datuk SH Sitti Saleha Habib Yusoff, said the transfer involved 628 men, 104 women and 39 children under 12 years of age and 29 infants.

This is a series 2 transfer program for the deportee category by sea for the year 2024 to their respective countries of origin.

“All illegal aliens detained at the Immigration Depot committed various offenses in accordance with the Immigration Act 1959/63 and the Immigration Regulations 1963,” she said in a media statement, today.

SH Sitti Saleha said that the punishment imposed was based on the Immigration Act and the national legal process up to the action of moving out of the country.

“A total of 1,525 prisoners have been deported in 2024 to their countries of origin involving sea and land transport,” she said.

She also said that the Sabah Immigration Department will continue to carry out enforcement operations from time to time and take strict action against those who do not comply with the rules and laws of the country.

“All enforcement agencies in Sabah will also always take strict action against those who do not comply with the rules and laws of the country,” she said.

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