Kemlu asks Malaysia to improve conditions in detention centers in response to many WNI deaths

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WNIs deported from Malaysia.
WNIs deported from Malaysia. (Source: Kemlu)

Jakarta, IO – Indonesian Foreign Ministry (Kemlu) expressed concern about and asked Malaysia to improve the conditions of the country’s detention centers, especially with regard to access to health and sanitation, in connection with the deaths of 18 Indonesian citizens (WNI) in the facility.

“Yesterday we met with the Sabah Immigration Director and the Sabah State Health Department (JKNS) and asked them to improve the conditions in the detention centers. The government is paying very serious attention to this problem,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah, as reported by Antara, Saturday (2/7).

In addition, MoFA also asked the repatriation of WNI waiting for deportation be expedited as the pandemic wanes, with the cost borne by the state.

“We have underlined that detention facilities must pay attention to everything related to health and safety – not only in relation to Indonesian citizens but also many other citizens,” said Faizasyah.