A group of Suluk or Bajau illegal immigrants comprising three men, six women and 18 children were referred to the Sabah Immigration Department for further action.
Sarawak Immigration Department Enforcement Division in a statement here yesterday said all the illegals, who were arrested in Miri last month, were transferred to Sabah by air, involving 13 immigration officers from its Miri office in this second series.
The first transfer on May 14 involved sending off three men, six women and 12 children as well as two infants to Sabah Immigration Department for further action, it said.
The Sarawak Immigration Department had since intensified its monitoring after Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem ‘declared war’ last March on the presence of an increasing number of illegal immigrants, especially Suluk and Bajau from the Philippines who worked in Miri about 800 km from here.
In April, Sarawak police commisioner Datuk Seri Muhammad Sabtu Osman confirmed the existence of a settlement occupied by between 600 and 700 illegal immigrants from the Philippines in Miri, based on police intelligence. — Bernama