Over 1,000 Myanmar nationals deported, says Immigration DG

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,086 Myanmar nationals were deported with the cooperation of the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Myanmar embassy, says Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

The Immigration Department director-general said the Myanmar nationals were undocumented migrants. who were detained at department depots nationwide since last year.

"They were deported from the Royal Malaysian Navy's base in Lumut, using Myanmar's three navy vessels.

"All of those deported were Myanmar nationals and not Rohingyas or asylum seekers," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 23).

The Myanmar nationals had agreed to be deported willingly, he added.

"There was no form of forcefulness.

"They agreed to return to their home country," he said.

Khairul Dzaimee said the deportation exercise is part of a continuous activity involving those detained at department depots.

"The deportation efforts were slow last year as many countries closed their borders then," he said.

The department through the Home Ministry and Wisma Putra will continue to work towards getting the agreements of countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Bangladesh, in bringing their citizens home, he added.

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