KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities on Saturday began transferring almost 1,000 Bangladeshi and Indonesian illegal immigrants held at the Semenyih Immigration detention depot to depots elsewhere in the country following a riot there by Myanmar illegal immigrants on Wednesday so as to facilitate repairs.
Selangor Immigration director Johari Yusof said 182 of the immigrants were transferred Saturday to the temporary detention depot at the KL International Airport (KLIA) for repatriation to their countries.
Some 800 more immigrants would be transferred tomorrow to depots in Machap (Melaka), Ajil (Terengganu) and Pekan Nanas (Johor), he told Bernama.
He said the 600 Myanmar immigrants at the depot were expected to be transferred to the KLIA depot provided there was room there.
Johari said the transfers were being carried out to facilitate the repair of infrastructure such as the fencing and lights as well as the hostel blocks damaged during the riot.
Last Wednesday, the Myanmar immigrants assaulted the Immigration enforcement personnel in protest against the transfer of 17 Myanmar immigrants to the KLIA depot. The 17 immigrants have been sent back to the Semenyih depot. - Bernama