Some 450 Filipinos who have been illegally staying in Sabah have been sent home by Malaysian authorities after weeks of detention at the Papar and Sandakan temporary detention centers, according to a report on The Star.
State Security Council director Datuk Rodzi Saad was quoted as saying that 254 men, 112 women and 84 children were sent back to Zamboanga City via the Sandakan jetty. Those deported were aged one to 66.
National Security Council (MKN) Sabah director Datuk Rodzi Md Saad warned employers to refrain from harboring and hiring illegal immigrants and to continue working with security forces to return them to their home countries.
Rodzi told Borneo Today that some 549,997 have been deported or voluntarily returned to their respective countries since 1990.