Malaysia Deports Illegal Indonesian Migrant Workers


JUNE 13, 2015

Jakarta. The Malaysian government has deported almost 150 Indonesians through the Nunukan border post in North Kalimantan for allegedly working without proper permits in Sabah, a Malaysian state in the northern part of Borneo.

Nasution, head of the Nunukan district immigration office, said that 37 Indonesians had been deported on Thursday from the Sibuga temporary detention center in Sandakan in Sabah. The other 111 Indonesians were deported on Friday from Kemanis Papar temporary detention center in Kota Kinabalu, which is also in Sabah.

“Malaysia has deported 148 Indonesians in two days. They were from Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu,” Nasution told state-run news agency Antara on Friday.

Previously, Malaysia detained the Indonesians — 98 men, 31 women, 8 boys and 11 girls — for not having proper documentation as migrant workers in palm oil plantations. A small number of the group were detained over alleged involvement in either criminal or drug-related cases.