KOTA KINABALU: A group of 117 illegal immigrants were detained during an operation to weed out illegal immigrants at a squatter area in Sandakan district on Saturday (April 10).
Sabah Immigration Department director Datuk Dr Muhamad Sade Mohamad Amin said those arrested were among 680 immigrants checked during the 1.10am operation at Mangkalinau Batu 3.
The integrated operation, led by the Sandakan Immigration, also involved agencies like the police, Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) and National Security Council, among others.
"The 117 arrested were for offences under the Immigration Act consisting of 115 Filipinos and two Indonesians who did not possess valid identification documents.
"All detainees are currently placed at the Sandakan Immigration depot for further investigations," Muhamad Sade said in a statement Sunday (April 11).
He urged the public to continue cooperating and supporting enforcement agencies to curb the presence of illegals and their settlements, especially in Sandakan.