PUTRAJAYA MAY 28: The government had confirmed that 354 illegal immigrants from three detention depots have been detected with the deadly coronavirus and admitted to the Quarantine and COVID-19 Treatment Centre, MAEPS, Serdang.
Security and Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, those detected with positive COVID-19 include 305 from the Immigration Depot in Bukit Jalil, 45 from Semenyih and four from KLIA, Sepang depot.
Ismail said, 4,399 illegal immigrants from the three detention depots have done their swab tests while 13 are still waiting for the results.
“Since the government decided to open the temporary hospital for COVID-19 in MAEPS to the illegal immigrant detainees, up-to-date there are 370 detainees undergoing treatment while 16 have been discharged.
“From the swab tests done on 353 officers and staff from the three detention depots, only one person from the Semenyih depot had been detected with positive COVID-19,” Ismail said in his daily press conference held here today.
In another development, three countries namely Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Nepal have agreed to send back their citizens who are negative COVID-19
Recently, the Malaysian government had made a decision that all illegal immigrants detained in the immigration depots who are negative from COVID-19 will be sent back to their countries.
Ismail added, the Foreign Affairs Ministry will be discussing details with the three countries on the process of sending them back to the respective countries.
Regarding the foreign workers who have returned to their countries before the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on March 18, Ismail said under MCO, no foreigner are allowed to enter the country for fear of imported COVID-19.
On that aspect, Ismail said, the government is very serious about protecting the borders from being intruded by illegal immigrants via the “mouse path” (lorong tikus).
For that Ismail said, under the “Ops Benteng” the relevant security agencies had detained 327 illegal immigrants and 41 “master planners” who had tried to enter the country through the mouse path.
He said, the security authorities had also detained seven individuals suspected to be smugglers together with seven ships
Meanwhile, the “Ops Benteng” had also succeeded in detaining 1,515 foreigners who had entered the Malaysian borders. –Malaysia World New