PUTRAJAYA MAY 30:- The first group of Indonesian illegal immigrants consisting of 2,189 with negative COVID-19 from the immigration detention depots in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak while 672 from Sabah will be sent back to Indonesia on June 6.
Security and Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, 450 illegal immigrants will be flown via three flights on June 6 to Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya and followed with 445 to the same destinations on June 10.
“The sending off process will also include by sea route where 1, 294 immigrants are scheduled to leave for Medan on June 22. While the second phase involves 2,623 people and they will be sent back in two months’ time.
“The Indonesian embassy’s representative will also be allowed to visit the depots to manage and process the travel documents for the illegal immigrants.” Ismail said in his daily press conference held here today.
The Senior Minister added, all the Indonesian detainees will undergo RTK Antigen tests in the presence of the embassy’s representative before they return to Indonesia.
Meanwhile the Immigration Department of Malaysia with the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs are still discussing with the Nepal and Bangladesh embassies to send back 246 illegal immigrants from Nepal and 2,476 from Bangladesh that are being detained in the Immigration Detention Depots.
Ismail added, the Cambodian Embassy has also stated its readiness to send 67 detainees back to their country.
Earlier Ismail said 4,807 illegal immigrants, officers and staffs in the three immigration detention depots namely Bukit Jalil (1,545) Semenyih (1,785) and KLIA (1,477) have been tested for COVID-19.
“From the tests, 385 have been detected with positive COVID-19 including one staff from Semenyih depot while 37 are waiting for the results.
“All positive COVID-19 detainees have been sent to the Quarantine and COVID-19 Low Risk Treatment Centre MAEPS, Serdang while 26 had been discharged and in the process to be sent back to their respective countries,” Ismail reiterated.- Malaysia World News