illegals in Sabah
KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 (New Sabah Times) -- The estimated
number of illegal immigrants in Sabah has been put at 100,000
by the State Security Working Committee, the Parliament
in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri
Abdul Aziz said that the number of illegal immigrants in
Sabah was not as high as what had been painted by some quarters.
to a question from Keningau MP Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin
Kitingan, Nazri said that although the number of immigrants
was high, many including foreign workers had proper documents.
State Security Working Committee (JKKN) has estimated the
number of illegal immigrants in Sabah at around 100,000.
include those who do not have any document or their travel
documents have expired,” he said in a written reply.
had asked the Prime Minister on the steps taken by the Federal
Government to wipe out the problem of illegal immigrants
in Sabah which was still widespread.
said that illegal immigrants in Sabah were no longer moving
around freely following a step-up in integrated operations
to nab them that were carried out by police, immigration
and te Federal Special Task Force (FSTF).
Federal Government views the problem of illegal immigrants
in Sabah as a security problem and not as mere social problem.
Federal Special Task Force was set up to address is so that
planned and integrated operations can be mounted against
we will step up these operations,” Nazri said adding that
so far this year, two major operations were carried out
by these agencies in Keningau and Labuan.
to him, the police were carrying daily operations against
illegal immigrants through its crime prevention sting and
the results could be seen in temporary detention centres
in Tawau, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu that have become full.
added that the three detention centres on average could
accommodate 2,200 detainess daily while deportations to
Indonesia and the Philipines were carried out on a weekly
he said the FSTS recorded 57,619 Phillippines nationals
who are given refugee status and they have the right to
reside and work in Sabah and Labuan.
same time, FSTF recorded that there were 447,656 foreign
workers in Sabah and Labuan between 2002 and 2005.
were allowed to work in various sectors like manufacturing,
service, logging, plantation, and agriculture sectors.
also said that many locals tended to deem foreign workers
who have documents to works as illegal immigrants.