Au­thor­i­ties have started de­port­ing N. Kore­ans from Sarawak

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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