Authorities have started deporting N. Koreans from Sarawak
KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities have started deporting the 50 North Koreans in Sarawak with expired work permits.
Sources told the New Straits Times that the exercise to deport the foreigners, mainly specialised workers, had begun since last week.
“The North Koreans (with expired work permits) are being deported in phases from Bintulu Airport in Sarawak,” sources said.
The last batch, sources said, was expected to leave the state today.
Sources, however, declined to reveal further details.
It was learnt that the North Koreans will leave Bintulu for Kuala Lumpur International Airport. They will then be flown to Beijing, China, before returning to their home country.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reportedly said that the government would be deporting the North Koreans with expired work permits in the state.
This was amidst the ban imposed preventing North Koreans from leaving the country.
Zahid, who is also home minister, said the government would inform the state government over such decisions on the deportation of the North Koreans mostly working at coal mining sites and for hydro projects.
Meanwhile, a check by the NST to a construction site in Tabuan Dayak, Kuching, on reports claiming that there were North Korean workers at the area found otherwise.
A construction worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was unaware of any North Koreans working at the site.
“There are only locals and construction workers from Indonesia working here,” said the man.