Saifuddin: Ministry verifying number of kids in detention depots

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry is verifying the number of children being held at Immigration detention depots, says its minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic).

There were still some ground work to be done before the Home Ministry could shift these children out of the detention centres, he said.

Asked for an estimate on the number of children expected to be moved, he said it was too early to know.

“Our secretary-general has been instructed to get the ball rolling. Let them do their work first,” he told reporters after the ministry’s monthly assembly yesterday.

Last month, Saifuddin Nasution said the children would be removed from Immigration detention depots and placed in the care of organisations that specialise in child welfare.

On Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Saifuddin said the Prisons Department had given permission to the former prime minister to undergo medical treatment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).

“This is a normal request and I was informed by the Prisons director-general that he would be taken to the hospital to undergo treatment,” he said, adding that all detainees had the right to medical care.

News reports emerged that Najib was believed to have had lung infection and had been treated at HKL.

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