Nine Filipinos were arrested in Malaysia as Kuala Lumpur began going after illegal foreign workers, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a press briefing eight of the arrested Filipinos were caught in Labuan Federal Authority while one was arrested in Bintulu, Sarawak.
“We continue to closely monitory the situation. We also wish to reiterate our call for our kababayans in Malaysia to fully complete their immigration documentation and always carry proper identification documents,” Hernandez said.
Earlier this week, Philippine Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur Eduardo Malaya warned Filipinos in Malaysia the crackdown on illegal immigrants started on September 1.
So far, the Malaysian government has rounded up 2,433 undocumented foreign nationals, most of them Indonesians (717), Burmese (555), Bangladeshi (387) and Nepali (229).
BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON