MELAKA – About 150,000 Indonesians residing in Malaysia are expected to return back to their hometown for this year’s Aidilfitri celebration, said Indonesian Deputy Ambassador to Malaysia Hermono.
He said they would mostly use ports in the country to make the trip home and in this regard advised them to use through proper routes and procedures to ensure their safety.
“To date, a total of 171 Indonesians were arrested for atempting to use unauthorised routes to return to their hometowns with 59 of them nabbed after they were found in fishing boat off the coast of Selangor last week,” he told a press conference here today.
Also present was Melaka Immigration Department director Abu Bakar Sidek Hasan.
Elaborating further, Hermono said 34 Indonesians reportedly died after being involved in an accident while attempting to return to their hometowns using unauthorised routes.
He said he he hoped there would be no fatalities this year.
Meanwhile, Abu Bakar Sidek said Indonesians who did not possess legitimate travelling documents in Melaka were advised to return through the 3 + 1 amnesty programme implemented by the government to enable foreigners to return to their countries of origin. – Bernama