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Philippines, Malaysia to jointly address issue of ‘illegals’ in Sabah

 
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Philippines, Malaysia to jointly address issue of ‘illegals’ in Sabah
The Philippines and Malaysia have agreed to formulate a new agreement to address the continuing illegal entry of Filipinos seeking work in Malaysia, Philippines television broadcaster GMA News quoted a radio report as saying.

The agreement signed by Undersecretary Esteban Conejos, DFA of overseas workers affairs, and Datu Rajah Azahar, deputy foreign minister of Malaysia, said the report citing the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The two officials met following Malaysia’s renewed crackdown against illegals in Sabah, which has resulted in the deportation of hundreds of Filipinos, some of whom have been in the eastern Malaysian state more than 10 years.

Malaysia has also assured humane treatment for Filipino illegals, the DFA said.

Many Filipino women rounded up by Malaysian police during a crackdown several years ago have complained of alleged abuses, including sexual assault, in the hands of Malaysian law enforcers.

Sabah is a favorite destination for Filipinos seeking work in Malaysia because of the country’s porous southern border.

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