KOTA KINABALU - Action to weed out illegal immigrants was stepped up over the weekend and about 200 foreigners without proper documents were caught during operations coordinated by the National Security Council in Sandakan.
Those detained included 189 Filipinos and 13 Indonesians. They were remanded for offences including having no travel documents or other offences under the Immigration Act.
They were aged between 14 and 58.
Sabah NSC secretary Rodzi Md Saad Rodzi said yesterday the integrated operations involving police, Immigration, National Registration Department and Civil Defence personnel had checked 481 people.
The operation was the fifth this year carried out by the NSC after similar crackdowns in Sipitang, Beaufort, Tuaran and Kota Belud where some 560 illegal immigrants had been arrested so far.
Since January, a total of 1,987 illegal immigrants (1,605 Filipinos and 382 Indonesians) were deported.