PUTRAJAYA: Around 80 foreign children in immigration detention depots will be relocated to a more conducive care centre in a pilot project to be implemented in the near future, says home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
In a Bernama report, he said that work on the centre is ongoing, with only the essential logistical tasks remaining, such as providing water, electricity supply and beds.
“The children to be relocated are currently in temporary detention depots in Semenyih, Bukit Jalil and KLIA,” he said during a press conference after the ministry’s monthly assembly today.
Saifuddin said the children will be relocated together with their parents or guardians.
He added that this initiative was being led by the immigration department and the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).
Saifuddin said implementation of the project would not require any additional personnel and will entail minimal costs.
He also hoped the move would be supported by civil society groups and NGOs, especially in terms of providing the children with education.