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35,000 foreigners whipped since 2005

 | November 1, 2012

Most of them were punished for violating the Immigration Act, most likely entering Malaysia without valid entry permits.

KUALA LUMPUR: As many as 35,000 foreigners have been whipped by Malaysian law enforcement agents in local prisons from 2005 to Sept 10 this year.

This was revealed by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein in a parliamentary written response to PKR-Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne.

He said that according to Prisons Department records, a total of 32,664 (93.3%) foreigners have been whipped after they were found guilty under the Immigration Act 1959/63.

The rest – 2,336 foreign prisoners (6.7%) – he added, were found guilty under the Penal Code, Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983.

Hishammuddin added that the whipping of foreign offenders under the Immigration Act was a measure enforced only from 2005 onwards.

Section 6(1) of the Act states that foreigners cannot enter the country unless they have valid entry permits or passes, endorsements or exemptions.

Those that run afoul of this can face either a fine not exceeding RM10,000 or a jail term of not more than five years or both, and are liable to a whipping of not more than six strokes.

Hishammuddin’s answer did not explain where most of those whipped came from.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary written response by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz showed that RM85.7 million had been spent by the Federal Special Task Force (FSTF) in nabbing illegals found in Sabah since 1990.

Responding to a query by Independent-Tuaran MP Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing, he said that these expenses were broken down into RM13.3 million for arrests, RM51.4 million for detention and RM21.05 million for expulsions.


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