Depot riot: Some Rohingya escapees could be hiding in Selayang, says Immigration DG

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  • Thursday, 28 Apr 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Some of the Rohingya detainees who escaped from the Sungai Bakap immigration detention could be hiding in their communities here, says the Immigration Department.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud, at a press conference after a raid in Pasar Borong Selayang here Thursday (April 28), said it was likely that some of the 61 suspects who were still at large had reached the Klang Valley.

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"Based on our information, a handful have run here. We believe that they know the ins and outs here because they have previously worked in Kuala Lumpur.

"While we don't believe they have been assisted by locals, it is a high possibility they are being aided by their own community," he said.

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Khairul also said 248 people, mostly Rohingya, were detained during the raid, which was launched following complaints from the public there.

"They were found to have opened small stalls and sold rejected produce at below market prices. An illegal school that was set up here was also raided.

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"Of those detained, 106 Rohingya hold UNHCR cards. We have also detained three Pakistani men holding UNHCR cards and we will seek clarification on the reasons they were issued the cards," he said.

The remaining suspects were undocumented foreigners from Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

One of the detained suspects was caught carrying a fake UNHCR card as well.

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Khairul added that the department was currently facing a problem with the deportation of Rohingya detainees.

"The issue here is that we cannot deport them because there is no country that will take them. They also do not have complete papers such as passports and identification documents.

"Nationwide, we currently have 2,264 Rohingya detainees in our depots," he said.

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