Malaysia plans to deport thousands of Pinoy from Sabah starting in February. The Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development announced January 30 that more than 7,000 Pinoy migrants will sail from Sandakan, Sabah to Zamboanga on a Malaysian naval vessel.
The mass deportation is the result of an agreement sealed between President Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak back in November. At that time, both leaders agreed to peaceful deportation process in which President Duterte pledge his full cooperation and Najib offered the use of naval resources.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it’s ready to give basic aid such as food and medical assistance to the deportees when they arrive in Zamboangga. It will also provide information on how to take advantage of economic services.
Conflict over Sabah’s ownership traces back decades, though it’s internationally recognize as belonging to Malaysia.