Myanmar migrant workers return from Malaysia

YANGON-Myanmar migrant workers held in a detention centre in Malaysia arrived back home on Wednesday evening, thanks to a chartered flight arranged by the Sitagu aid group of Malaysia.

Most of the returnees were detained for overstay, including 10 female workers. The returnees received Ks 20,000 each for travel expenses. More detainees held in detention camps will return in mid-February, said Myat Thu from the Sitagu aid group.

"The total number of returnees is 141, and these people have been detained at nine detention camps. Most were arrested during a special operation by Malaysian authorities. Some girls were arrested only five days after arriving in Malaysia," he said.

Min Kyaw Naing from Rakhine State said he was stuck in the camp for more than two months because he had no passport.

"It's not okay to stay in Malaysia. I am happy to go home," he said.

Myint Moe from Hpa-an said he had been living in Malaysia for more than ten years when he was arrested on his way to work.

"Living in the camp is not okay. I stayed over five months in the camp. I want to thank the Sitagu aid group for taking us home," he said.

More than 2,000 migrant workers in Malaysia returned to Myanmar last year with assistance from the Sitagu aid group and Kanbawza Bank.