No Pinoys nabbed in crackdown in Malaysia
MANILA – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported that no Filipinos were among those apprehended during the crackdown on undocumented foreigners in Malaysia.
"We have checked with the immigration detention facility in Putrajaya, and we were informed that Filipinos are not among those arrested and currently held in said facility," said Consul General Medardo Macaraig.
On September 1, Malaysian authorities began a crackdown on undocumented foreigners which have resulted in the arrest of 2, 433 foreign nationals.
Macaraig was with Ambassador Eduardo Malaya when they visited Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and other places frequented by Filipinos.
The ambassador encouraged Filipinos based in Malaysia to always carry proper identification documents to prevent being inconvenienced by the recent crackdown.
"We wish to remind our Filipino nationals to have proper documents, notably work permit or passport with valid visa, and carry it with them in case of immigration checks, in order to avoid inconvenience," said Malaya.
Filipinos bound to work in Malaysia should also have an approved work permits or similar papers.
On Monday, Malaya called on Minister for Home Affairs Dato’ Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and exchanged views on the concerns of Filipinos in Malaysia, including access to education by Filipino school-aged children.
Malaya also requested humane treatment for Filipinos who may be affected by the campaign against illegal immigrants.
"To ensure that our nationals have the proper documents, the Embassy continuously undertakes mobile consular missions particularly in Sabah, where we provide not just passports but also birth documentations for our nationals there. We deploy twice a month a consular mobile team of six to seven personnel for two-week stay in Sabah,” Malaya said.