Immigration to give priority to cases involving foreign kids

Immigration Department says 363 foreign children, aged under 12, are being detained at detention depots nationwide. (Immigration Facebook pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department will give priority to investigations involving foreign children effective today, said its director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

“If there are any detentions involving children, we will immediately investigate,” he said.

When met by the media after an Aidilfitri gathering at the Immigration Department here today, he said 363 foreign children, aged under 12, had been detained at detention depots nationwide.

He said cordial relations between the Immigration Department and the embassy offices in Malaysia would speed up the process involving child detention.

As soon as the “detention and eviction order” was issued by the deputy public prosecutor, the detained children could be sent to their respective countries within seven days, he added.

“As long as we clear the travel document with the relevant embassies, they will be deported back to their countries as soon as possible,” said Khairul.

Commenting on the detention of two foreign children, who were sent home to the Philippines yesterday (July 3), Khairul said the Immigration Department had managed the case according to the standard operating procedures specified.

“The whole process is still within the period specified where the remand period is two weeks and on the 14th day we have seven days to send them home,” he added.

Refuting the allegation that the Immigration Department had separated the children from their mother, he said their mother was not detained as she had valid documents but the one detained with the children was a minder who did not have the necessary documents.

Both the children of the Philippine national were detained during a raid by the Immigration Department at the Plaza Indah Apartment, Kajang, on June 14.

During the raid, the children who did not have the necessary documents were left with a minder while their mother was not at home.