Aug 29, 2013

    Stay or flee?

    MANY illegal immigrants are set to flee Malaysia before Sunday, when the authorities start a crackdown to flush out unwanted aliens.

    Mr Adi Herwan, a 33-year- old construction worker from Indonesia, said that SMS messages had been circulating among his countrymen on the massive operation against illegals.

    "I cannot pass off as a local, as the Malaysian authorities are sharp and can smell the presence of a foreigner among the locals," he said.

    Another Indonesian, Mr Yutho Sudermen, 43, said he had to resort to illegal passage to return to Bandung. Mr Yutho believed that many of his Bangladeshi colleagues were staying, confident that they could avoid the authorities.THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK