KOTA KINABALU, Sabah - A total of 11,992 illegal foreigners in Sabah were deported so far this year.
The figure was furnished by Federal Special Task Force for Sabah and Labuan director Datuk Suhaimi Mohd Salleh.
They included 9,414 Filipinos, 2,423 Indonesians and 155 others, comprising 80 from Pakistan, India (10), Russia (two), Thailand (one), China (10), Iran (one), United Arab Emirates (one), Vietnam (44), Cambodia (one), Nepal (three), Ukraine (one) and Germany (one).
He said the illegals either entered the country illegally or had overstayed, adding that the Immigration Department had detained them.
"The task force is responsible for holding and deporting these illegals.
"At present, there are 2,883 people being placed in temporary detention centres throughout the state waiting for deportation," he said when met at his office here yesterday.
The centres house 2,249 Filipinos, 568 Indonesians and 66 others.
Of the figure, 2,093 are male detainees while 506 are women and 283 children.
"The task force carries out deportation every Thursday through Tawau-Nunukan, Semporna-Bongao and Sandakan-Zamboanga. They are sent home by flights."