Last Updated on April 6, 2017, 9:31 a.m.
Malaysia deported 106 Indonesian migrant workers via the Entikong border in Sanggau regency, West Kalimantan, on Tuesday.
The workers, comprising 93 men and 13 women, were transported on two minibuses and one truck, guarded by officials from the Malaysian Immigration Department and the Indonesian Consulate General in Kuching, Entikong, Police chief Adj. Comr. Kartyana said.
The Entikong Police in collaboration with the Entikong Migrant Worker Placement and Protection Service Post (P4TKI) conducted background checks on the deported workers and sorted them based on their hometowns, Kartyana said.
"We also held background checks on each worker to find out whether or not any of them were victims of human trafficking or other [crimes]," Kartyana said as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday.
Preliminary investigations found that the migrant workers were deported for various reasons. Some lacked a passport or proper work permit, while others were deported as a result of illnesses, Kartyana said.
The deported workers, he went on, mostly come from West Kalimantan, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara and South Sulawesi, and were requested to sign a letter that stated they would not return to Malaysia without complete documents.
"After some processing, the workers were sent to the West Kalimantan Social Agency office in Pontianak on four buses, and they will be immediately sent to their respective hometowns," Kartyana said. (afr/dan)