Langkawi detention depot packed with illegal migrants

Langkawi detention depot packed with illegal migrants

Of more than a thousand Bangladesh nationals and Rohingya from Myanmar currently held in detention in Langkawi for attempting to enter the country illegally, about 400 have been transported to Belantik Immigration Detention Depot here while the other 500 are expected to be sent here this evening.

The detention depot can accommodate around one thousand people, meaning it will almost be fully packed when all these illegal migrants are sent here.

A spokesman said the detention depot comprises two large buildings each for male and female detainees. In addition to three meals a day, the detention depot will also provide afternoon tea and supper for the detainees.

The spokesman said in order to accommodate the large number of illegal migrants, the centre's hall will also be used for the temporary accommodation of these migrants.

The first batch of migrants were sent here around 8.00p.m. Wednesday night in nine lorries under police escort.

"They will be deported once we get further instruction. I believe this will take about one or two weeks."

As the Belantik Immigration Detention Depot commander Abd Rahim Mahmood is still attending a meeting in Alor Setar, we have not been able to get permission to enter the detention depot.

These illegal migrants were first transported onboard Royal Malaysian Navy's KD Mahawangsa from Bukit Malut jetty in Langkawi before they were sent to the detention depot .

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