Malaysia has sent back over 19,000 undocumented migrants to their home countries, according to Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob
In a statement today, 11 July, Ismail Sabri, who is also one of the four Senior Ministers under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said that the total number of undocumented migrants sent back was 19,111.
Most of them were from Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
According to the Defence Minister, 45% were Indonesians while the remaining included those from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and other a number of other countries, reported New Straits Times.
"The country with the highest number of undocumented migrants is Indonesia with 8,575 people, followed by 2,584 from Bangladesh, and 1,890 from Myanmar," Ismail Sabri said.
The minister did not give a breakdown of the remaining 6,062 migrants from other countries.
The migrants who were sent back had tested negative for COVID-19
They were deported to their respective countries as of 7 July.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera has addressed the response from Malaysian authorities to its recent documentary titled 'Locked Up in Malaysia's Lockdown', in which Al Jazeera's 101 East documentary strand investigated the plight of undocumented migrants: