KOTA KINABALU: Some 124 Indonesians who were here illegally were deported back to their home country via Tawau on Thursday (Nov 24).
The deportation programme under the state Immigration Department saw them sent back through the sea route after boarding the Mid East Express No 1 vessel bound for Nunukan Port, Indonesia.
"This programme was conducted with the cooperation of the Republic of Indonesia Consulate-General here.
"The programme involved illegals held at Sandakan depot (52 individuals), Kota Kinabalu depot (42) and Papar depot (30).
"The breakdown consists of 106 men, 14 women and four minors aged 12 years old and below," the state Immigration Department said in a statement.
All of them were found in breach of various offences under Immigration Act 1959/63 and Immigration Regulations 1973, and the Department reiterated that foreigners must have valid travel and work permits before entering Sabah.
"All employers also have a duty to ensure the workers they employ have these documents.
"Those who fail to do so will face legal consequences. All enforcement agencies across Sabah are cooperating to carry out enforcement operations from time to time," said the Department.