Filipinos in Malaysia

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Filipinos in Malaysia
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Sabah, Greater Kuala Lumpur
Bajau, Tausug, Bangsamoro languages, Visayan, Tagalog, Chavacano, other languages of the Philippines, English, Malay
Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, others
Related ethnic groups
Moro people, Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in Malaysia comprise migrants and residents from the Philippines and their descendants living in Malaysia. Because of the short distance between the two nations, many Filipinos have emigrated there. Between 245,000 and 636,544 Filipinos live in Malaysia.[1][2] Many of them are illegal residents while there are a smaller number of migrant workers and fewer permanent residents.[1]

Illegal immigration issues[edit]

The majority of undocumented Filipinos live in Sabah,[3] and were subject to illegal immigration crackdowns by the Malaysian government in the region during 2002, 2005 and 2008.[4][5][6] In 2002, during the first major crackdown on illegal immigration, and 64,000 Filipinos were deported.[7] Every year, between 4,000 and 6,000 Filipinos are deported each year for immigration offences,[8] and the Filipino government says that there are roughly 3,000 Filipinos currently detained in immigration centres awaiting deportation.[6] 300 Filipinos were deported as recently as 16 February 2009, 31 of which were children and 116 others were younger than 19.[9]

Filipino workers[edit]

In December 2011, an estimated 325,089 Filipinos lived legally in Malaysia.[10] By 2011, 55,828 Filipinos were working on contracts in Malaysia, Only 3,720 were not properly documented, were overstaying in Malaysia or had no valid residence or work permit. Sources: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Commission on Filipinos Overseas.[11]

A majority of Filipinos in Sabah come from Basilan, Sulu, Palawan, Tawi-Tawi, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.[9][12] There are at least 25 Filipino community organisations in Malaysia.[13]

Notable people[edit]

  • Arshad Zamir - Actor and a contestant on MasterChef Malaysia
  • Bella Dally - Actress
  • Wawa Zainal - Actress
  • Hans Isaac - Actor
  • Iqbal Mazlan - Actor
  • Julfekar - Composer
  • Melinda Roos - Writer
  • Maria Farida - Actress

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Uy, Vernoica (6 February 2009). "No foreign workers' layoffs in Malaysia". Global Enquirer. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Filipino workers in Malaysia". The Non-Aligned Movement. Philippines: Office of the Press Secretary. 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "Undocumented Filipino migrants in Malaysia to be assisted". DOLE News. 1 February 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Malaysia probes migrant rape claim". BBC. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Jacinto, Al (20 September 2007). "84 Filipinos Detained in Sabah". Arab News. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Fernandez, Joe (28 October 2008). "Suhakam faults Manila for Filipino woes in Sabah" (PDF). Malaysiakini. Retrieved 17 February 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Filipino's working abroad". Hogeschool Utecht. 2002. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Jacinto, Al (17 October 2005). "330 Filipinos home after being deported from Sabah". Manila Times. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "300 illegal Pinoys deported from Malaysia". ABS-CBN News. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  10. ^ Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Commission on Filipinos Overseas
  11. ^ Hunt, Luke (27 November 2008). "Malaysia's Deportation of Filipino Refugees Raises Concerns". World Politics Review. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  12. ^ ""Home is where greener pasture is," DSWD tells illegal Filipinos in Sabah". Philippine Information Agency. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "Useful Information for Filipinos in Malaysia". phil.embassy.kl. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009.