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48 Thais deported from Malaysia after serving prison sentences

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Malaysian authorities have sent home 48 Thais after finishing their prison sentences for working illegally. The 38 males and 10 women were deported to Thailand’s southern Songkhla Sadao district where they were immediately tested for Covid-19 upon arriving and sent to mandatory 14 day quarantine facilities. The main border checkpoint at Sadao was closed for 14 days following a surge in new cases in the north Malaysian Kedah State. Some prisoners were also departed just before the borders closed. All other land border checkpoints were left open, and remain open at this time.

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All 48 reportedly tested negative for the virus upon repatriation. Malaysia allowed the border crossing of the Thais despite temporarily closing the border in Kedah State for 2 weeks due to a recent surge in Covid cases which saw more than 100 new cases in the past week alone. Currently, Malaysia has seen 10,167 positive cases of the virus since its commencement, according to worldometers.info with 130 virus-related deaths.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Jailed and then deported for working!
    But the Thais hardly deport Malaysian workers because the Thais exploit them by paying extremely low wages.
    So low that Thai will not work for these wages – well give it six months and the Thais will work for peanuts.

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      Perceville Smithers

      Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      My exact thought-jailed for working
      What about the employers?

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        Lim It Sern

        Monday, September 21, 2020 at 8:49 am

        Those are the ones that could’nt afford to or refused to bribe the authorities, there are many much more not only Thais but other nationalities working illegally in Malaysia.

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          Ynwaps

          Monday, September 21, 2020 at 2:45 pm

          Shame on you Malaysia. And what’s with the pictures making our Thai peoplr look like criminals? What’s the point? Pleasing your citizens or what?

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Malaysia’s Health Minister has confirmed that a case of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has been reported in the country. Adham Baba says the highly contagious B.1.617 variant was detected in an Indian national at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The news comes just days after Malaysia banned flights from India.

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“We advise the public to remain calm. All public health efforts will continue in order to break the chain of infection and ensure public safety.”

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In just 3 bewildering weeks, Thailand has gone from ‘let’s re-open Phuket’ to setting up thousands of field hospital beds. The daily infection totals over the past week have surpassed anything Thailand has had to face over the past year. A cluster of cases from Bangkok’s hi-so nightclubs was followed by Bangkokians heading out of town for Songkran, mixing about with their families and friends, and then returning, a massive movement of people around the country.

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Some red zone provinces now have entry restrictions, including Covid paperwork, proof of vaccination or insistence to do a test upon arrival. More will follow.

Doctors, too, are reporting that patients in this current wave, which involves the more transmissible strain called B117, or the UK variant, are presenting with a different cocktail of symptoms. Thai doctors are reporting that about 40% of patients with symptoms developed pneumonia while in hospital – a higher proportion than in Thailand’s previous waves.

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North Korea severs ties with Malaysia over “unpardonable” US extradition

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The reclusive country of North Korea has confirmed a severing of diplomatic ties with Malaysia after its one-time ally agreed to extradite a North Korean citizen to the US. According to the Bangkok Post, Pyongyang has described the extradition as an “unpardonable crime”, accusing Malaysia of responding to US pressure with blind obedience.

The country’s foreign ministry has announced that all ties with Malaysia have been cut, insisting the North Korean citizen facing extradition was carrying out legal trading activities in Singapore. Following a hearing at Malaysia’s top court on March 9, Mun Chol Myong lost his final appeal against extradition to the US. He denies charges of money laundering, conspiring to launder money, and supplying prohibited items to North Korea.

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